Finding the Leader’s Heart

Grinch Heart***

Every Who down in Whoville liked Christmas a lot, but the Grinch, who lived just north of Whoville – did not.

The Grinch hated Christmas – the whole Christmas season. Now, please don’t ask why; no one quite knows the reason. It could be, perhaps, that his shoes were too tight. Or it could be that his head wasn’t screwed on just right.

But I think that the most likely reason of all… may have been that his heart was two sizes too small. But, whatever the reason, his heart or his shoes, he stood there on Christmas Eve hating the Whos.

Love, hate, joy, and anger are about you not others. The Grinch hated the Whos because his heart was small, not because the Whos were hate-worthy.

Feelings reveal and express what’s in you
not what’s around you.

And what happened, then? Well, in Whoville they say – that the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day. And then – the true meaning of Christmas came through, and the Grinch found the strength of *ten* Grinches, plus two! 

The leader’s heart is:

  1. Discontent.
  2. Obsessive.
  3. Visible.
  4. Selfless.
  5. Bold.
  6. Serving.
  7. Vibrant.
  8. Straightforward.
  9. Tender.
  10. Tough.

Bonus: The leader’s heart grows rather than shrinks.

Leaders without heart are well manicured cemeteries, pretty to look at but full of dead bones. Everything is cold technique and dead strategy apart from heart.

“True meaning” grows hearts. Find purpose; find heart.

Which heart-qualities seem most important to you? Why?

What role does meaning/purpose play in leadership?