Hate, anger, jealousy, bitterness, and resentment (along with their many kin) are often feared. No one wants to deal with these emotions, at work or outside it.
We want their positive cousins – love, joy, happiness, excitement, passion.
We often associate love and hate as opposites. We want people to love their workplaces, to be happy working together, to find joy in what they do, and be passionate about the company’s purpose. We don’t want them to be angry at colleagues, resent their leaders, and hate their work.
But the opposite of love is not hate. They are more similar than we think. At the root of both emotions is the fact that we care enough to feel something. If you hate, it is because you care and want it to be different.
If there’s hate and anger and resentment, then there’s still a chance to lead people.
The true opposite of love is not hate, but indifference. When we stop caring in any capacity – positively or negatively – then we’ve lost the hope for change and the ability to see a different reality.