Love Is All You Need

The Beatles

Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy

Nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love,
love Love is all you need

“All You Need is Love” ~ The Beatles
Gary Glitter, Paul Mccartney, Mike Leander, John Lennon

There are as many ways to love as there are people on planet Earth. As human beings, we feel emotions that to one person may be love, but to another may be respect, admiration, or pity.  There are no meters that measure love, and no way to confirm that someone is feeling love.

Although many poets, play writes and musicians have written about love, the emotion itself is very personal. You are the only one that knows how it feels when you experience love.

2014-8-13 Cory and Jenny gazing embrace

I recently witnessed an event that represents love – a wedding. My son was married last Saturday to someone whom he’d only known for three months.  As they both shared their experiences of “falling in love”, their stories were similar.

“I just knew he/she was the ONE”.

Very sweet, indeed. And quite contrary to the occasions witnessed when people “fall out of love”.

Sadly, a divorce also occurred in my family recently. The breakup of a family who loved once, but don’t love now is a difficult one.  Two extremes of love – the growing of love, and the dying of love.

There is an aspect of love in leadership as well. If you are to become an exceptional leader, you must understand how it feels to love, and why it is important to love.  Leadership will test your love.

The type of love needed to lead and influence others is not a romantic love, it is a charitable love; a compassionate love; a brotherly love.

As a Christian, I have learned the philosophy of love from the Bible and other scriptures. In The New Testament, Paul speaks about charity to the people of Corinth.  In my opinion, charity and the type of love needed to lead is interchangeable.

For this exercise, replace charity with love in the following scripture:

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth……

If you’re like me, you struggle with the desire to be successful in all you do. And, like me, you’ve probably also learned that success does not come without failure.  But we can be 100% successful in how we LOVE and in the CHARITY we have for others.  Feeling love, and acting out of love is NEVER a failure.


If you want to have consistent and guaranteed success in ALL that you do, then LOVE and CHARITY must be your greatest talent.

John Lennon said, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life.  When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.  We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections.  If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open our ability to love others or our potential to create”.

How do we gain the ability to love in leadership? I’ve defined a S.A.F.E. way to do so:

Service ~ Acceptance ~ Forgiveness ~ Engagement

Exceptional leadership can be yours when you master the attributes of service, acceptance, forgiveness and engagement.

I welcome you to share personal stories that relate to one or all of these topics.

Have you witnessed exceptional leaders portray one of these attributes?

Is it true that all you need is love?