1st Edition

Leading with Love Rehumanising the Workplace

By Karen Blakeley, Chris Blakeley Copyright 2021
    214 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As business becomes more automated, power more concentrated, and the forces of competition and consumption seem to dominate our lives, we are in danger of losing what it is to be human. Work for many can be a soulless activity, creating feelings of disempowerment, alienation, and depression. Learning to lead with love is a counterforce to the instrumentalisation of the person.

    This book presents original research based on leaders who were nominated by their people for leading with love. It shows how they learned to lead with love for the benefit of themselves, their organisations, and their people. It shows that leading with love is something that is practised by leaders who are more emotionally, morally, and spiritually mature. Leading with love is a sign of psychological maturity, whilst leading with fear is a sign of hindered emotional and spiritual development. Based on this research, this book presents a simple framework to help leaders who wish to develop their psychological maturity and apply practices which will enable them to successfully lead with love.

    1. Why Leading with Love is Needed Now

    2. What is ‘Leading with Love’?

    3. How to Instrumentalise a Soul

    4. Leading with Love as the Hallmark of Higher Maturity

    5. Leading with Love in Practice: The Research

    6. Is Leading with Love Really for Me?

    7. How to Lead with Love

    8. ‘Re-sourcing’: Connecting to Love and Aligning Intention

    9. Channelling: Self-observation and Self-examination

    10. Embodying and Expressing Love in Action

    11. Leading with Self-love

    12. Leading with Love in Practice: Five Case Studies

    13. Conclusions


    Karen Blakeley was formerly Programme Leader for the DBA and Head of the Centre for Responsible Management at Winchester Business School. She has published widely in the area of responsible leadership. Karen also spent 20 years as a leadership development consultant and now works as a writer, teacher, and coach.

    Chris Blakeley has run a successful leadership development consultancy, Waverley Learning, for over 20 years and is Programme Director for the Society of Leadership Fellows at St George’s House, Windsor Castle. Chris is also a Lay Benedictine and works as a Spiritual Director and Retreat Guide alongside his leadership work.