The stereotype of “aloha,” often translated simply as “I love you” or “Hello/goodbye,” is the tip of the iceberg. Even the more spiritual definition, “unconditional love,” is inadequate to describe this rich and complex resource for living well in community.
Aloha is a way of life, engaging mind, heart and spirit. To live with aloha, to lead with aloha, is to offer the best of yourself to the world, and receive what is needed from the community created by others who bring aloha to their relationships.
Aloha leadership is values-based leadership. The core aloha values are
Ala: Watchful Alertness
Lokahi: Working in Unity with Resources Available
Oiaio: Truthful Honesty
Ahonui: Patient Perseverence
To lead with aloha is to lead with connected authenticity, connected with community in integrity, authentic because we respect ourselves and our gifts as well as the people who depend on us, and on whom we depend.
Aloha is one tool of many, but it’s a core practice in my personal and leadership life. Aloha is challenging, practical, transformative and traditional.
In this blog, I’ll be exploring applications of aloha leadership in my own work and the work of colleagues on the Big Island and the Mainland.
If you want to learn more, check out my Aloha Leadership website.