How to Be a Compassionate Leader?

Effective leadership does not prevail under negative circumstances such as dishonesty, manipulation, micromanagement, or frustration. These negative forces can lead to employees’ lack of productivity, lack of motivation, and high turnover. To be an exceptional leader, one must have the necessary empathy to inspire team members’ understanding and knowledge. In this article at Harvard Business Review, Rasmus Hougaard, Jacqueline Carter, and Nick Hobson explain how to develop compassion and wisdom as components of leadership styles.

How to Cultivate Compassion?

Being compassionate helps leaders create a stronger connection with their employees. Being compassionate leads to positivity in the organization. Further, it also encourages healthy relationships and boosts your employees’ energy levels within the organization. It also offsets the adverse reactions of favoritism and bias. How to be a compassionate leader?

Learn About Your People

A considerate and compassionate leader understands ‘I’ isn’t useful to initiate a conversation.  The practice of compassion is about going from self to others — from ‘I’ to ‘we.’

Practice Transparency

“As leaders, it is our responsibility to provide the guidance people need, even if it is difficult for them to hear,” says the authors. When an employee underperforms, be candid, and provide your feedback to your employee. Do not conceal your concerns in an attempt to be kind. Concealing tough criticism can be misleading. Instead, be direct and transparent.

Know Your Intentions

Check your intentions before you talk to your teammates. Ask yourself, ‘how can I best be of benefit to this person or these people?’

Direct Interaction

If being compassionate is your comfort zone, try to adopt a habit of having at least one direct and assertive interaction with your team members. It will help you move out of your comfort zone and develop your leadership wisdom.

As a compassionate leader, you lay the groundwork for your team to have the best chance of success. To read the original article, click on https://hbr.org/2020/12/compassionate-leadership-is-necessary-but-not-sufficient.

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