There's no better time than this moment right now to be a compassionate leader. Business needs compassionate leadership more than ever. With the rapid adoption of automation, machine learning, and AI, the leaders who bring the human element into every employee engagement they have, are the ones that will truly excel in business moving forward.
Compassionate Leadership Steps
Below are 3 steps you can take today to start on your compassionate leadership journey.
Step 1: Let Go of ResentmentsYou holding onto every little thing that employees or service providers do is going to drive you crazy. The best thing to do to get beyond a resentment is to have a quick discussion with the person or people involved, let them know the way you're feeling and that you'd like to get past what's occurred, and then formulate a plan so that the same issue doesn't happen again. Work with the people that want to work with you, and if they're not willing to have a quick discussion to make things right, they may not be a good fit for your organization long-term.
Step 2: Set Clear ExpectationsClearly defining expectations is vital for success. Employees need to know the minimum requirements of what time to show up, their job responsibilities, and how long you'd like them to work daily. If you set the expectation from the start and give people the chance to prove they want to be an integral part of the team, most people will rise to the occasion independently. If an employee is unwilling to work with you on fulfilling the minimum requirements, they may not be a good fit for your organization long-term.
Step 3: Let Willingness Enter
Everything starts with willingness. You have to "be willing to be willing." Think about that quote for a few minutes and let it resonate within you. Understanding, not overreacting, and dropping resentments, sometimes all in one day, can be a little overwhelming. Still, it's an absolute must if you're going to be successful in your compassionate leadership role. The more willing you are to listen and genuinely understand, the more successful you're going to be.
Compassionate leadership starts from the inside out. Drop the tough exterior and abrasive type of leadership and embrace an empathetic style instead. The difference you can make to an employee's life is well beyond what you ever may be able to imagine. Lead with inspiration, provide hope, provide a platform for employees to be resilient, and they'll be your employees forever.