Empathy has long been regarded as a trait not needed by leaders. We've been told to be strong and firm. Maybe it's time we lead with emotion
Why Empathy Is Important In Leadership
Great leaders need to be able to know what their followers are feeling. They need to be able to look around and get a sense of the state of others.
Leaders also need to be able to sense when programs and projects are going well. This can be done through empathy.
When you can begin to relate and feel what others are feeling, you’ll gain a sense of the state of your team. Whether your team is doing well or if they need encouragement.
If you’re leading with empathy, these trends will be easier to spot.
Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn.
– Alice Miller
Via Edwin Rutsch