Why the Best Leaders Connect Before They Correct

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Why the Best Leaders Connect Before They Correct

Are you leading others the correct way? If you don’t know about the importance of love and discipline in your leadership style, you might be making a huge mistake.

It’s important to understand what love and discipline are both are in the context of leadership. I defined both terms in Building the Best this way:

Love is to contribute to someone’s long term success and well being (to will the good of another)

Discipline is to promote standards in order for an individual to choose to be at their best .

What’s More Important

So what’s more important love or discipline if you are going to lead others in the correct way?  Like most leadership questions it’s tricky.  In our research of over 45k leaders from all different roles and industries, we have found the use of both love and discipline in their leadership approach is essential in order to elevate others, (which by the way is the key to successful leadership today.)

But, there is one that is more important than the other.  

Love is more important. For one simple reason, you must:

Connect before you correct.  

In this video, I share which one is more important (love or discipline) for leaders to leverage.

When both love and discipline are correctly used, our research indicates that leaders see:
– 14% increase in team performance and results
– 18% increase in the development of more leaders
– 11% decrease in voluntary turnover

Those leaders whose style is to elevate outperform all other leadership styles. So use high levels of love and discipline in the way you lead.

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About the Author John Eades is the CEO of LearnLoft, a leadership development company making virtual training easy and effective. He was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices in Management & Workplace. John is also the author of Building the Best: 8 Proven Leadership Principles to Elevate Others to Success and host of the “Follow My Lead” Podcast, a show that transfers stories and best practices from today’s leaders to the leaders of tomorrow. He is currently scheduling virtual workshops and keynotes. You follow him on Instagram @johngeades.