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The cascades of fear . . . 13
and wisdom. Some may think there is no use for intuition in the work
place. I however, in my over 25 years of leadership, find it essential.
A leader, while keeping their mind, body and spirit on the mission,
deals with anxiety before it can fester and render an employee or work
group dysfunctional. A leader should be proactive and understand the
human condition and concepts of consciousness. If they’re really good,
they can squelch drama before it starts. Many people think this is im-
mensely difficult. It is not. It does require a fair amount of energy and
a sincere desire, however. Sincerity that permeates every fiber of one’s
being and allows a person to evolve to greater levels of knowing and
loving themselves, thereby becoming more confident and resilient. It
requires sincerity that allows one to see past the words and actions of
people and understand that intention is what matters and there is a rea-
son for life’s patterns. Loving and understanding the human condition
of another person or work group is an essential element of good lead-
ership but to do so, one must first love and understand themselves. A
person must be able to recognize the presence of fear and replace it with
love. This knowing and loving of self, will allow any person to become
a better listener, friend, parent, partner, worker or leader. This type of
leader has great confidence and self-control, as they have learned how
to assess and control their mental and emotional bodies. Some may have
worked on this at a cognitive level and others may have worked on these
facets of consciousness without being aware—perhaps those born to
lead. Even those people who are not born leaders can provide good,
solid leadership if they evolve to understand themselves and others with
a level of tolerance, understanding, commitment and self-mastery.
The two fundamental, core emotions of which all other emotions
are born are love and fear—the myriad of others are extensions of
these two core emotions. If there are only two basic emotions, then
leadership can either be fear based or love based. The paradigm of
leadership I hope to foster from this book is love and intuitive based
leadership. Make no mistake, however, in thinking that love based
leadership is touchy feely and discards accountability, hard work, ef-
ficiency and excellence. Loved based leadership means that people are
expected to do the work from the inside-out, working to understand
why they think and act the way they do, how it affects others, how
others affect them and how it all affects the team and organization.
Love based leadership is the type of leadership that promotes self-
directed, excellence seeking work teams and empowered employees.
Love based leadership is fair and consistent and continually works