Be forgiving. Ask God to help you release whatever grudges you have against people in your organization who have wronged and hurt you. Keep in mind that what was done to you doesn’t ultimately matter; what matters is how you respond to what happened to you. Give people second chances to correct their mistakes after they’re done something wrong the first time and have expressed a desire to improve.

Be dedicated. Stick to your values in all circumstances, even in the most difficult situations. Use both love and power together; separating them is unhealthy and ineffective. Reward people in your organization, both for being good people and for accomplishing good goals. Seek God’s guidance for making difficult decisions in loving ways.

Keep choosing love each day. Every day that you invest in loving leadership, your organization will grow stronger. Ask God to give you fresh strength each day to model a lifestyle of leading with love to the people around you. Keep in mind that you can exert a strong positive influence on everyone in your organization – no matter what position you hold there – if you treat everyone with love. Ask God to help you see people as He sees them so you can recognize how much they matter. Set goals that are greater than just what you want to accomplish in your organization: set goals that define what type of person you want to become. Remember that leading with love is always worthwhile!

Adapted from Love Works, copyright 2012 by Joel Manby. Published by Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Mich., www.zondervan.com.

Joel Manby is president and CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation (HFE). Previously he has worked for GM, Saturn, and Saab. Joel and his wife, Marki, have four daughters and reside in suburban Atlanta. Visit his website at: http://joelmanby.com/.

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who serves as both a Crosswalk.com contributing writer and the editor of About.com’s site on angels and miracles (http://angels.about.com/). Contact Whitney at: angels.guide@about.com to send in a true story of an angelic encounter or a miraculous experience like an answered prayer.

Publication date: May 1, 2012