Leadership is about so many things. And there are some things it is definitely NOT about. One of those is hate. You cannot hate and lead.
Hate is a strong word that is mostly associated with negative acts and feelings. And that is the hate I refer to here … not the hate of evil, waste, etc.
And while this negative hate is obvious, what leads to it is not. Hate is violent thought and/or action. One of the preliminary stages to hate is that of judgment – allowing a personal displeasure or difference in opinion to justify placing a lower value on another human being.
A very early stage of hate, and judgment, is in my belief the most dangerous. It is so dangerous because its development is so subtle and occurs over a long period of time – in destructively imperceptible ways. It is the silencing of our Voice.
I could tell you as a Leader to not hate or not to judge. But I fully believe the best thing I can tell you is to guard your Voice!
I once heard, I can’t remember where, something that so encouraged my own voice:
“You are not your opinions.”
Think about it.