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Month: April 2019

EMPATHY

Empathy is particularly important today as a component of leadership for (at least) three reasons – increasing use of teams, the rapid rate of globalization, and a vital need to retain talent. But empathy doesn’t mean all that “mushy” “I’m okay, you’re ok” type of stuff. Leaders don’t need to adopt other people’s feelings as your own to please everyone. That’s not possible.

BUT, it does mean carefully considering every employees’ feelings (and a few other factors) in the process of making intelligent decisions. Empathy helps to attract and develop top talent. It’s also vitally necessary in keeping top talent.

Coaching and mentoring plays a key role in the development of empathy. Coaching and mentoring increase job performance and job satisfaction. And decreases turnover.

Empathy matters. But only when taken seriously and used intelligently.

Feedback and Fear

Half of those in leadership don’t ask for feedback because they expect the worst – arguments, impossible demands, termination, etc.

Because they are fearful, people avoid feedback and continue to make assumptions about what employees and bosses think.

Help yourself and help your company by encouraging healthy dialogue around performance and expectations.