Love for your team
How it works: You build a business where employees love to work. You do this by sharing a clear vision and showing the team how they are vital to realizing it. This means giving every team member a strong sense of purpose — making it clear how they are contributing to the larger picture. You then push and support them as they strive to reach new (and increasingly challenging) goals. And as a leader, you keep the cycle of love going by acting with transparency, kindness, and gratitude.
Why it works: That cycle creates sustainable growth and happiness. The team finds their work challenging and fulfilling, they are growing, and they feel respected. True, not every day will be perfect or a joy and issues will inevitably come up. But when employees are challenged and learning, they are passionate about being their best. That drives them every day and will be evident in everything they do.
Without love, long-term success will always escape you — no matter how hard you work or how much cash you have in the bank.
If you have read this far, then I can predict something else — you want to help build a product that delights and an organization that people truly care about, something meaningful and lasting.
If that sounds like the approach you want to take, you can read more about what love means to business in Lovability. It is a guide for achieving the kind of sustainable success that has nothing to do with luck and everything to do with hard work, perseverance, and taking a human-centered approach to work.
How has loved factored into your success?
This article originally appeared on LinkedIn.
Brian de Haaff seeks business and wilderness adventure. He is the co-founder and CEO of Aha! — the world's #1 product road-map software — and the author of "Lovability." His two previous startups were acquired by well-known public companies. Brian writes and speaks about product and company growth and the adventure of living a meaningful life. Connect with him @bdehaaff