Today we are awake. No longer will we tolerate fear based leadership. Slick suites, impressive credentials, and pure charm can no longer sustain the power of a leader. People everywhere are demanding to be seen and heard, and gone are the days when people can be told what to do. Everyone wants to feel like they are part of the process, that they matter. They need to feel safe and supported, and given the space to be themselves. In other words, if you care more about your bottom line than for the people who work for you, you will lose them to your competitors. It doesn’t matter if you have an MBA from Harvard or a high IQ; if you are not leading your team with compassion and wisdom, you cannot grow your company.
What is compassion? In my search of this definition I have found many different interpretations. The basic definition as defined by the dictionary is “sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.” However, I think that definition offers the wrong impression of compassion and the actions that should be taken. A more favorable interpretation: