Leadership Presence: Compassion

As human beings, we intentionally or unintentionally impact the lives of others every day. If you choose to lead, you accept the responsibility to be aware of how you impact others.

Compassion is an interesting word.  Wikipedia states “Compassion is often regarded as having an emotional aspect to it, though when based on cerebral notions such as fairness, justice and interdependence, it may be considered rational in nature and its application understood as an activity based on sound judgement.”

When I talk to senior leaders of organizations about the compassion aspect of leadership presence, I often hear “that’s the soft skills.  We need to focus on technical or business skills.  No time for soft skills.”  (I often wonder what part of sound judgement is not needed for a successful business, but I digress…)

What does compassion/sound judgement look like for effective leaders?

  1. Using their inference to lift others up.
  2. Creating accountability for success and celebration of others.
  3. Forgiveness and permission to learn, sometimes fail, and grow.
  4. Expressing gratitude for the contributions of others.
  5. Supporting the challenges that life can bring and providing solutions to navigate forward.

I wonder…..what part of these “soft skills” would stand in the way of business results?


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