Episode 53

Published on:

23rd Feb 2022

Love in the Workplace

What IS life enriching love in the workplace?

“The thread woven through all principles of RAFT is love.  Love connects the dots. Learning how to love those you work with in an authentic and appropriate way not only advances a sense of worth and value in all relationships but serves as a platform for credibility and deeper relational connectivity. When the passion you bring to work each day translates into seeing real people with real lives, you have unleashed a source of untapped power within yourself and within others. “  Nina Ellison

Lt, Col. Joseph Ricciardi, published To Lead is to Love: An exploration into the role of Love in Leadership, determined that love shows up as three things:

a.     Intimacy: knowing and caring about others in an authentic and appropriate way.

b.    Passion: that positivity that you bring to work each day.

c.      Commitment:  being dedicated to the well-being of those you share work with. 

Question: How can I measure soft skills, such as appropriate love in the workplace, without falling into the trap of trying to mirror strategies and techniques used for measuring hard skills?

My response:  There is a unique process essential in understanding performance outcomes that are impacted by soft skills. 



Ricciardi, J.A. PhD.  (2014) To Lead Is to Love: An Exploration into the Role of Love in Leadership Benedictine University, 2014.

Rob Hoskins

Manby, J. 2020. Love Works. Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leaders. Zondervan: Michigan. p.31

Marcus Buckingham Love+Work

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About the Podcast

The Art of Leadership
The Art of Leadership focuses on soft skills... some of the hardest skills a leader will ever learn.
The Art of Leadership with Dr. Niña Ellison focuses on the soft skills of leadership, their value and the power of their influence. As a leader, if you are interested in moving from success to significance then balancing both hard and soft skills is essential!

Hard skills are demonstrated through technical expertise that results in clearly measured goals being reached. They are vital to the success of any initiative or program. On the other hand, soft skills emphasize the transformation of people. They highlight behavioral changes and making a difference in people’s lives.

This podcast is for leaders who are seeking a fresh perspective into some of the hardest soft skills a leader will ever learn. You can connect with Niña at https://www.ninaellison.com

About your host

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Niña Ellison

In 2019, after years of leading teams varying from international disaster relief and healthcare to the US Corporate world, Niña founded Healthy Leadership to focus on her passion for partnering with leaders in their growth and sustainability. Her own journey into soft skill development has convinced her that while her technical skills helped her get her foot in the door, her soft skills moved the influence of her leadership from success to significance.

As a soft skill specialist Niña takes monthly deep dives in her podcast series, The Art of Leadership, to explore the underlying dimensions of soft skills. She knows that soft skill development is not so much about WHAT but HOW a leader leads.
• From a 10,000 foot view a leader pursuing soft skills asks, “How do I problem solve; How do I manage time and energy?”
• From a 1,000-foot view that same leader, as they dig deeper into soft skills, begins asking questions like, “How do I listen; or How do gain self-control?”
• From Ground Zero the leader recognizes that there are underlying dimensions of soft skills as they ask, “How do I model respect for all; How do I sustain hope; How do I demonstrate appropriate love in the workplace; How do I maintain the right attitude?” How do I lead by serving?

Nina believes that behind every wildly effective and sustainable system and process are leaders and teams who have interwoven soft skills into every phase of their work.