When leaders demonstrate compassion, they understand the wants and needs of their people and feel motivated to act on their feelings. Compassion is empathy and caring in action. Empathy begins with curiosity about other people and their experiences; and leadership effectiveness is heighten when leaders work to understand other people without bias. The business case for the renewing attributes of Compassion include:
- Revived energy, decreased stress, and enhanced leadership effectiveness
- An increase in the development of more people as leaders
- A higher commitment and responsiveness to clients and customers
- A shared sense of community and social responsibility
Are you a Compassionate Leader?