Leadership Series: Love is in the Air

05-31-2012 7:28 AM

Today’s blog post is from Wendy Wang. Wendy serves as Mary Kay’s Vice President and Associate General Counsel. Wendy manages teams in the United States and in the Asia-Pacific region.

Wendy Wang serves as Mary Kay’s Vice President and Associate General CounselLeadership, like love, is a decision.

Strange isn't it?  As I am preparing to blog about leadership, the first word that popped into my mind is ... "love."  Is love in the air?  Follow my thought for a minute.

Everyone knows that at Mary Kay, P&L also means people and love.  To tell you the truth, as a brand new Mary Kay staff attorney back in 2002, I had no clue how the concept of love could fit into the business.  What does love have to do with sound business strategies and critical business objectives which are the driving forces behind sustainable growth of the business operations?  Well, it wasn't long before I recognized that the success of Mary Kay is not only attributed to its organizational strategies and capabilities; more importantly, the success of Mary Kay is attributed to our culture, a culture that is grounded and focused on love, the common denominator of the Golden Rule, Life Priorities, Go-Give Spirit and Make Me Feel Important. 

In my journey of more than ten years with Mary Kay, I am privileged to have had the opportunity to see and experience how Mary Kay operates in different parts of the globe.  And I will tell you that, YES, love is definitely in the air of the Mary Kay world.  Not only is it in the air, it also has permeated into every principle, every action and every decision of our business operations. Yes, at Mary Kay, P&L does also mean people and love.  At Mary Kay, we practice leadership with love.  And leadership, much like love, is a decision.

It is a decision to believe.  When a leader looks into the mirror every morning and thinks about the tasks on hand, she makes two decisions. First, she makes the decision to believe that she can do it and make a difference. Secondly, she makes a decision to believe that others can do it and make a difference.

It is a decision to commit. Leadership is more than a position and authority. It is a decision to commit that from this point on, I am going to commit to helping the people around me to stretch and achieve.  Leadership is not an ability to get people to do what I want to accomplish, but a commitment to support people in doing what they want to achieve.  It is the decision to commit to shaping the vision of the end goal together, as well as the commitment to taking that journey together.

It is a decision to trust.  As a leader, it is important for you to trust wholeheartedly that you are in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things with the right people.  And when you have a high level of trust built into your leadership, you will discover that, as a team, you are invincible. You are invincible because you would have fostered an environment of empowerment where people can pursue greatness and excellence.

Like love, leadership is a decision.  Like love, you must decide to believe, to commit and to trust.  Like love, leadership requires patience and effort.  Like love, you are enriching your own life while enriching the lives of others.

Today, will you make that decision to be a leader?  Today, will you make that decision to fall in love?