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(Empathic Leadership) Leading with Empathy: Why It’s More Important Than Ever

(Empathic Leadership) Leading with Empathy: Why It’s More Important Than Ever | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

4 ways to be more empathetic
So, here’s what can you can do to be more empathetic toward your employees:

Check yourself first: Since you as a leader are role modeling empathetic behaviors, you need to understand your own empathy levels. What are you strong at? What are your own empathy deficits? “It’s really important that you have that self-awareness since that translates to the rest of the organization,” says Parmar...

Take time for face time:..
Find the commonality: ..
Identify the trouble spots: ..

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(Empathy at Work) Why diversity programmes should be ditched in the workplace

(Empathy at Work) Why diversity programmes should be ditched in the workplace | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Belinda Parmar argues that boosting diversity means ditching diversity programmes.

 

Empathy is also an easier sell than diversity – it taps into our innate desire to want to play fairly and be treated fairly. This means that companies are far more open to the message, and willing to commit budgets to ensure programmes are sustainable.

 

Diversity’s weakness is that it emphasises otherness. It might champion the other, it might even acclaim, praise and extol the other, but the other always remains just that: other. And in this increasingly polarised society otherness has become an extremely fragile currency.

 

 Belinda Parmar 
Founder, The Empathy Business

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(Empathic Leadership) (Against Empathy) Is Empathy A Bad Decision-Making Guide For Leaders?  

(Empathic Leadership) (Against Empathy) Is Empathy A Bad Decision-Making Guide For Leaders?   | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Emotional empathy vs rational compassion
You have made an emotional connection with the case, rather than a rational choice. You’ve also just moved a number of other terminally-ill kids down the list, because they remain anonymous to you.

Such an experiment and its results are cited in the latest book from Yale psychologist Paul Bloom. Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion closely examines the limitations and dangers of empathy when it comes to making moral choices.

Referencing numerous studies, experiments and anecdotes, the book suggests there are better ways that can increase our chances of making the right decision rather than choosing a course of action because it tugs at our heartstrings.
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(Empathic Leadership) The Case For Empathy (And Why Leaders Should Care)

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The techniques we provide in our forthcoming book, The Bullseye Principle, leverage the time-honored methodology used by professional actors to collaborate, cooperate and succeed. The ability to consider the thoughts and feelings of others whose circumstances are different from our own is something every actor masters as they develop their craft. Meryl Streep once said, “An actor’s only job is to enter the lives of people who are different from us and let you feel what that feels like.”

 

.....Communication often fails because we jump to the worst possible conclusion about the other person without considering their circumstances or point of view. As you engage with your coworkers, family members or social media contacts moving forward, challenge yourself to actively listen to their concerns, without getting defensive and without judgment. Don't interrupt; simply let them speak.

 

Then ask questions to gain a deeper understanding of their feelings. Once you have established mutuality, work together to create a path forward that will provide benefit to all parties. By opening up your communication and having empathy for those around you, you will not only build trust, you will also create stronger and more lasting relationships.

 

 G. Riley Mills , Forbes Councils

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(Empathic Leadership) Why the Empathetic Leader Is the Best Leader

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It’s All About Empathy
Sinek says researching his latest book has even changed the way he conducts his own life and business. “The lesson I’m learning is that I’m useless by myself. My success hinges entirely on the people I work with—the people who enlist themselves to join me in my vision. And it’s my responsibility to see that they’re working at their best capacity.”

Empathy—the ability to recognize and share other people’s feelings—is the most important instrument in a leader’s toolbox, Sinek believes. It can be expressed in the simple words, “Is everything OK?”

It’s what effective leaders ask an employee, instead of commanding “Clean out your desk” when he or she starts slacking off. It’s what you ask a client when a once-harmonious relationship gets rocky. “I really believe in quiet confrontation,” Sinek says. “If you had a good working relationship with someone and it’s suddenly gone sour, I believe in saying something like, ‘When we started we were both so excited, and it’s become really difficult now. Are you OK? What’s changed?’ ”
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(Empathy at Work) Empathy: the vital foundation for workplace success 

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Three key ways to elevate empathy
Under Nadella’s leadership, we’re using empathy to unify teams and customers by focusing on three key areas:

Listening: We all want to be heard, which is why taking the time to truly listen to each other can be such a powerful force for good. It’s much easier for office workers to be effective in their roles if they know that their voices, opinions and ideas matter. To truly change the world through technology and innovation, we must all understand the needs of those around us.


Trusting: Communicating ideas freely doesn’t always come easy in the workplace. But you’ll be amazed what teams can accomplish when they no longer worry about who gets credit for the wins––or blame for the losses, especially in competitive environments where no one wants to be wrong. That type of collective accountability can help elevate a team’s performance.


Understanding: Without asking, it can be hard to tell what kind of day someone is having. Gaining insight into the reasons for a colleague’s actions or feelings can make the difference between a productive interaction or an unproductive one. Relating to each other more closely makes for better communication and allows us to overcome barriers in new ways.

 

 

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Empathy at Work can help you identify what your co-workers are going through and understanding helps us all cope

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(Empathic Leadership) Looking to build a career as a tech leader? Here's why empathy might help

(Empathic Leadership) Looking to build a career as a tech leader? Here's why empathy might help | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Empathy might seem like an unnecessary skill for technology leaders, but being able to see things from another point of view can make you significantly more effective.

 

From an IT leader's perspective, at first blush, empathy might sound like a virtue deserving of one of my five-year-old daughter's favorite quips, borrowed from a recent movie: "A bunch of hippie-dippy baloney." However, empathy can make you a more effective leader, and broadly accelerate your career growth. Like many "soft skills," part of the reason empathy gets a bad rap is overly complicated interpretations of how one practices empathy. For our purposes, it's the simple ability to see the world from someone else's perspective.

By Patrick Gray
January 29, 2018,

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(Empathy at Work) Daniel Murray - Why Is Empathy Needed to Lead Change Successfully  

This talk was recorded at the Humanity in Business conference on Change Leadership in Sydney, November 2017.
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(Empathy At Work) Employee Experience Cannot Happen Unless We Embrace Empathy - Jacob Morgan 

What is Empathy and why do we need it? A lot of times we confuse empathy with sympathy. In the past organizations have been good with being sympathetic to employees, but in the future of work it is empathy, not sympathy that is crucial for organizations to have.

A lot of people confuse empathy and sympathy. Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone else’s circumstances, empathy on the other hand is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It means putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to not just say you feel sorry for them, but to actually imagine how hard it must be to be in that situation.
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(Empathic Leadership) Empathy in the Workplace

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Empathy – The Key to Leadership
 
For some time now, it has been relatively common knowledge that empathy is an essential component of strong relationships. At the same time, research shows that leadership in the workplace has become an increasingly relationship-based role, dependent largely upon your ability to really get the most out of your relationships with others. In today’s increasingly connected world, contact and communication with people from different countries, cultures, and ideologies is common as well. Leaders who have the ability to understand and empathize with others find crossing these divides to be much easier. 
 
In addition to being able to work with diverse people more easily, the empathic leader has a bunch of advantages in other ways, as well. For instance, regardless of the specific setting, it is vital to the success of any project that the people working together believe in and care about the goal towards which they are working. The empathic leader will not only show people that he cares about them, but that he believes in their endeavors and understands the rigors of the task. This last part is especially important, as a strong leader absolutely must have an acute awareness of others. They have to watch for signs of stress and fatigue, and know when their employees or co-workers need a little extra support. Lastly, empathy is a top factor psychologists look for when evaluating a person’s emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is, research suggests, a strong indicator of leadership ability.
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(Empathy at Work) Why Training in Empathy is Crucial to Business Success

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2. What traits/behaviours distinguish someone as empathetic?
Empathy requires three things: listening, openness and understanding.

Empathetic people listen attentively to what you’re telling them, putting their complete focus on the person in front of them and not getting easily distracted. They spend more time listening than talking because they want to understand the difficulties others face, all of which helps to give those around them the feeling of being heard and recognised.

Empathetic executives and managers realise that the bottom line of any business is only reached through and with people. Therefore, they have an attitude of openness towards and understanding of the feelings and emotions of their team members.

3. What role does empathy play in the workplace? Why does it matter?
When we understand our team, we have a better idea of the challenges ahead of us.

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(Empathy at Work) 'More empathy means more profit': why the business world is getting emotional

(Empathy at Work) 'More empathy means more profit': why the business world is getting emotional | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

When the chief executive of Microsoft writes a book about empathy, it’s no surprise that business leaders around the world pay attention. “It’s a value I have learned to deeply appreciate and is something I talk about a lot,” Satya Nadella said at an event to publicise his book, Hit Refresh. “I think of it as not just a nice-to-have, but core to the innovation agenda in the company.”...

 

The danger with introducing empathy training, Parmar says, is that it can be used as a large sticking plaster that ignores an underlying unempathetic culture. “It’s not the first thing you should do,” she says, adding that businesses also need to make a real assessment of where they are now. “Most people are empathetic … [but] it’s the environment, the culture, the processes, the policies. It’s real change in organisations that actually makes a difference for the people that work there.”

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(Empathy At Work) Here Is How You Can Use Empathy to Improve Your Workplace

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4 Ways to Build Empathy in Yourself to Improve Your Workplace  
Psychologist Marcia Reynolds provides four ways to build empathy:

  • Be quiet, inside and out.
  • Fully watch as well as listen.
  • Ask yourself what you are feeling.
  • Test your instinct.


You can also apply these four ways at work. Here’s how to apply each one in your workplace.


Be Quiet, Inside and Out
If your brain is constantly going, going, going, it’s hard to stop and see and feel what is going on around you in the workplace. Often, when things get busy, and you get stressed, you can forget your own feelings, let alone the feelings of others.

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(Empathic Marketing) Empathy and solving buying problems

(Empathic Marketing) Empathy and solving buying problems | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Most of us are solving sales and marketing problems. But instead, we need focus on solving customer buying problems with empathy. Why?

 

Because buying is harder today than ever been. You need to think about what your customer is thinking/feeling. According to Brent Adamson, Principal Executive Advisor, Gartner, 'empathy' is the one word that matters most to sales success.

 

This is part two of my interview with Brent Adamson (@brentadamson), co-author of The Challenger Sale and The Challenger Customer. You can read part one here: New research: Boost organic growth from current customers Does empathy capture everything your book, The Challenger

 

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(Empathic Leadership)What Does Empathy Look like in Everyday Leadership?

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“When you show deep empathy toward others, their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it. That’s when you can get more creative in solving problems.” – Stephen Covey

 

Empathy allows us to help set others up for success. Everyone struggles, faces obstacles, and feels excluded on occasion. Everyday leaders create an environment of inclusion and support where every member of the team can succeed. Through their empathy, everyday leaders make an impact on the lives of those around them.

 

Liz Stincelli is passionate about recognizing and inspiring the leader in each of us.  

FEBRUARY 9TH, 2018

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Lars Dalgaard leaves Andreessen Horowitz to form new venture

Lars Dalgaard leaves Andreessen Horowitz to form new venture | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it

The new fund, which he is tentatively calling Luv Ventures, will invest in "extraordinary companies that will literally revolutionize the world." He named synthetic biology, food and enterprise software as areas of interest.

But the main focus will be connecting with CEOs and helping them learn empathetic leadership.

 

But empathetic leadership isn't only better for society, it's better business."

Dalgaard insists that CEOs can't understand how to sell products if they don't understand how to speak the language of their customers.

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(Empathy at Work) The Single Most Powerful Tool For Assessing Other People

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Being able to read and interpret your own emotional reactions to people as you interact with them provides information you can't get anywhere else

 

Knowing how to read yourself and then what to do with you the information is a skill that takes some development and practice. But the investment is well worth the effort since your own responses to people will provide you with information about them that you can’t get anywhere else.

 

Take empathy as a prime example. As I've explained elsewhere empathy is absolutely critical to leadership—it’s one of five essential character traits and cognitive capacities a leader responsible for the fate of people and enterprises must have.

 

.Prudy Gourguechon ,

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3 Simple Ways to Increase Empathy at Work

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Empathy is a great way to climb the career ladder.

 

If you want to move up the career ladder, it is not enough to have great technical abilities or know how -- you need to have personal skills as well. Think about a manager who is great at technical details but cannot get along with his/her team, then how can this manager manage a project if her or she cannot even manage a team? For this reason, if you want to become a better manager or a just a better co-worker, you should work on improving empathy. Below are three simple ways of doing this.

1. Listen to others 

 

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(Empathic Leadership) Looking to build a career as a tech leader? Here's why empathy might help

(Empathic Leadership) Looking to build a career as a tech leader? Here's why empathy might help | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
Empathy might seem like an unnecessary skill for technology leaders, but being able to see things from another point of view can make you significantly more effective.

 

From an IT leader's perspective, at first blush, empathy might sound like a virtue deserving of one of my five-year-old daughter's favorite quips, borrowed from a recent movie: "A bunch of hippie-dippy baloney." However, empathy can make you a more effective leader, and broadly accelerate your career growth. Like many "soft skills," part of the reason empathy gets a bad rap is overly complicated interpretations of how one practices empathy. For our purposes, it's the simple ability to see the world from someone else's perspective.

By Patrick Gray
January 29, 2018,

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(Empathic Leadership) 5 traits all emotionally intelligent leaders share

(Empathic Leadership) 5 traits all emotionally intelligent leaders share | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
  • In order to be a successful leader, it is important that you are aware of your own and others’ emotions.
  • A result of this emotional intelligence is the cultivation of a meaningful working relationship with those around you. 
  • Empathy, self-awareness and authenticity are just some of the traits that make certain leaders stand out. '

 

1. Empathetic
Empathy is the ability to understand how another person is feeling. Great leaders are able to look at issues from many different perspectives and to consider the effects from other points of view. The ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes when viewing a problem can be invaluable to finding a solution and gaining consensus. With a bit of effort, there may even be a solution where everyone ends up happy.

How to practice: Make a concerted effort to visualize yourself in the other person’s position. What would the problem look like? What would your attitude be? How would it differ from yours? This helps validates and understand their perspective. Even if the answer to a problem is not the best outcome from any given viewpoint, acknowledging the positions and feelings of others can go a long way to creating acceptance and understanding.

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(Empathy at Work) If You Only Take One Management Concept From 2017, Make It Empathy

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If 2017 taught us anything, it’s that first, empathy is essential to the smooth functioning of businesses and society, and that second, empathy was in shockingly short supply this year.

Even setting aside political and social problems, think about all of the empathic failures that occurred in the business sector. How many customer service fails went viral? How many executives had to issue public apologies? Cataloguing the exact number of incidences for each of those seems an insurmountable task.

 

Mark Murphy 
CONTRIBUTORI solve the “people pain points” that keep leaders awake at night.  

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(Empathic Leadership) The Case For Empathy (And Why Leaders Should Care)

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Empathy — the ability to show genuine concern and feeling for another person — is an essential trait for anyone who leads a team or runs an organization. This means having the ability to feel for those with whom you work -- to consider their specific challenges, concerns and emotions and take them into account when making decisions.

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 Sadly, a report in Harvard Business Review found that empathy is most lacking among senior executives and middle managers. This is especially problematic because leaders and their decisions have the biggest impact on a workforce.

 

G. Riley Mills is the co-founder of Pinnacle Performance Company and co-author of the new book The Bullseye Principle

 

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(Empathic Leadership) How to be Empathetic Towards Your Employees ?

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Empathy is one of the essential skills required for effective leadership in the workplace. It simply means the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person's frame of reference. It is really important for employers and managers to cultivate this skill. When employees observe that their manager understands their feelings, it automatically creates a bond of trust between them. If they trust you, they will take more effort to push themselves out of their comfort zone.

The yearly Empathy Index released by 'The Empathy Business', a consultancy based in London, focuses on companies that are successfully creating empathetic cultures. In the 2016 Global Empathy Index, out of total 170 companies, 8 Indian companies were there in the bottom 20 of the list.

 

 

 .Nidhi Singh 

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(Empathy at Work) 3 Simple Ways to Increase Empathy at Work 

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If you want to move up the career ladder, it is not enough to have great technical abilities or know how. You need to have personal skills as well. 

 

 

  • Listen to Them: Listen to others very carefully. Don’t just listen for the sake of listening. Listen with an open heart and mind. Only in this way, you can understand the entire message the other party is trying to communicate. Pay attention to their tone of voice and body language. Really try to feel what the other person is talking to you. What is important for them? Step outside for a minute and try to understand their perspectives. This can be very helpful for you especially, if you are discussing a divisive topic. You don’t need to agree on everything the other person says but it is important to see their points.

  • Treat Others Nicely: “Treat others the way you would like to be treated”. Be nice to people and smile at them. Don’t forget that good manners and kindness always win in relationships. If you treat others nicely, you will soon notice that they will also treat you the same way. In this way, you can build a healthy relationship with your coworkers. For example; if you are going to give a birthday gift or bring a gift to the Yankee swap game, think about whether the person receiving this gift likes it or not. Rather than picking out something you like, try to think the feelings of the other party and shop accordingly.

  • Turn the Tables:
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(Empathic Marketing) How empathy for clients can set you apart  

(Empathic Marketing) How empathy for clients can set you apart   | Empathy in the Workplace | Scoop.it
What is empathy-driven marketing? 

Empathy is the ability to put yourself “in someone else’s shoes” to understand how they see things. For architects this involves being attuned to a client’s concerns, hopes and fears—both spoken and unspoken. When framing communication and marketing strategies for your firm, an empathy-driven approach can more clearly distinguish you from the many firms that vaguely claim they listen and collaborate. Empathy also means caring enough to interview clients long before they create their selection criteria and being in a position to influence those criteria.        

Use empathy to triumph over apathy

When I conduct interviews with clients to understand why they choose one top design firm over another, they tend to talk about the working relationship. For example, they cite “someone who cares about my obsessions as a client, not just their obsessions,” and they praise the architect who “has our best interests at heart,” or the firm that “shows they really care about us.”
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