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  • Writer's pictureSusan Robertson

Work is Love Made Visible: The Art of Leading with Passion

Kahlil Gibran's profound statement that "work is love made visible" encapsulates the essence of how our leadership roles are the ultimate expression of our deepest passions and values. Leading others is a vital expression of who we are, what we love, and who we serve.   


When leaders embrace this philosophy, they have the power to transform their teams, cultivate a culture of passion and performance, and drive meaningful success with a positive impact on the bottom line.  In this article, we delve into three reasons why work is love made visible is essential for high-performance and outline four actionable steps you can take to achieve this fulfilling state.


Your Leadership Impact: Work is Love Made Visible

Passion and Purpose 

When you choose to become a leader and take a role that aligns with your core values and passions, your work naturally becomes an extension of who you are. This alignment ensures that your leadership efforts and the hours you invest in becoming a better leader serve as a testament to your personal vision, mission, purpose, and values. In essence, the love for what you do and whom you serve shines through your dedication, creativity, and perseverance.


Purpose is our compass. Passion is our energy. Leadership provides direction. -Susan H. Robertson, Author.  REAL Leadership.

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When leaders manifest love in their work, they naturally cultivate a culture that values teamwork, alignment, respect, passion, and purpose. This involves creating an environment where team members feel genuinely connected to the organization’s mission and are empowered to pursue their work passion within the framework of their roles. When you acknowledge, empower, develop, and support employee passion, you foster a sense of belonging and commitment, providing more profound meaning to their work.


Leadership Impact


Work becomes love; leaders have a profound impact on others. As a result, leaders influence and tap into the collective power of the team.  This impact is not just about the bottom line; it is about the caring, attention to detail, and compassion. Seeing the positive effects of your leadership on others is a profoundly fulfilling experience.


The most effective way for leaders to demonstrate that their work is an act of love is by leading by example. Leading by example means embodying the values and passions they wish to see in their team. When leaders are visibly passionate about their work, deeply engaged in problem-solving, and committed to excellence, it inspires their team to adopt a similar mindset. This example sets a powerful precedent, showing that work is not just a duty but a labor of love.


Growth and Development


Engaging in work that challenges you and aligns with your passions is a form of self-expression and a path to personal growth. You grow professionally and personally as you overcome challenges, acquire new skills, and push your boundaries. This growth is a labor of love—love for leadership, learning, and becoming the best version of yourself.

Leaders can show love through their work by investing in their team members’ growth and development. This includes providing opportunities for training and learning, encouraging the pursuit of new challenges, and offering constructive feedback. When leaders prioritize their team’s professional and personal development, it sends a clear message that they care about their team members' future and well-being.

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Four Steps to Achieve Work as Love Made Visible


1. Lead with Passion and Purpose


To know what you are genuinely passionate about, begin with introspection to understand what gives you energy, and the spark of life. Ask yourself:


  • What are your core values?

  • What activities make you lose track of time?

  • When the day is done, what brings you the most satisfaction? 

  • What types of challenges do you like and why? 


Identifying these passions and values is the first step toward finding work that feels less like a job and more like a calling. 

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2. Seek Alignment


Once you clearly understand your passions and values, seek out career opportunities to create internal alignment between your work and the impact you want to have in the world. Creating internal alignment may mean changing careers, getting involved in a national or global work project, or even funding your venture. The key is to ensure that your work allows you to express these passions and values daily.  Ask yourself:


  • How does my daily work align with my passions and values?

  • What personal impact do I want to have, and how can my work directly contribute to this vision?

  • How can I become involved in projects that align with my passion and purpose and that also challenge me? 


3. Continually Learn


Embrace the lifelong learning journey to continually refine your skills and deepen your knowledge in areas that interest you. Many think that learning is getting trained, watching a video, listening to podcasts, or going to a workshop or school, but as a leader, you can learn every day from your team and others around you.  Your commitment to learning new perspectives and listening to how others see things are expressions of love for what you do, for how you lead, and your dedication to becoming the best version of yourself.  Ask yourself:


  • How can I identify and leverage daily experiences that lead to personal and professional growth?

  • How can I foster a conducive learning environment for others?

  • How can I develop active listening and openness to new ideas?

  • How does lifelong learning reflect my love and demonstrate my passion for leading others, and how can I share this with my team?


4. Cultivate Mindfulness, Gratitude, and Compassion


Cultivate a practice of mindfulness and gratitude in your professional life. Being present and appreciative of the opportunity to do work that aligns with your passions makes every task, no matter how small, an act of love. This mindset can transform routine tasks into expressions of joy and fulfillment. Here are four steps:


  • Practice deep breathing and meditation for five minutes per day. 

  • Ensure you say thanks and express gratitude to at least 5 different persons each day.

  • Learn how to use appreciative inquiry:  Identify what went well and lessons learned.

  • Each week, implement a new idea or solution, giving credit to someone on your team. 


Demonstrating empathy, compassion, and valuing what others say is crucial for showing that work is an act of love. Listening to and caring for people makes impossible stretch goals achievable.


Love: The Bottom Line


Transforming work into love made visible is not an overnight process but a journey of self-discovery, alignment, and growth. By finding and engaging in work that resonates with our deepest values and passions, we enrich our lives and contribute to a world where work transcends the mundane.


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Author:  Susan H Robertson, Founder and CEO of Linceis Conscious Business. Author of REAL Leadership, Waken to Wisdom, and the 4C Strategy for Executive and C-Level Success ebook.



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