“A leader will find it difficult to articulate a coherent vision unless it expresses his core values, his basic identity…one must first embark on the formidable journey of self-discovery in order to create a vision with authentic soul.” ~ Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
I don’t particularly write on the subject leadership, but since speaking with many leaders in various fields in the last few months I found a something quite similar in them all—they lead with compassion. In fact, check out my video that talks more about it.
Below is an excerpt from my article featured in The e.Mile People Discovery Magazine, “Compassion, Vision and Opportunity.”
Leadership has been known to possess many faces and in countless interactions. Through the sands of time those who acted in leadership have been seen mainly in politics, corporations, even in our households.
When I retired from corporate America 10 years ago I was not aware my leadership skills would be forced into high gear. Within three months I was managing a sales team of 75 people through the US and organizing my own weekly conferences. I was terrified as I found myself in unchartered territory, but it was imperative that I find that leader within to attain success.
At times, some of us have grown accustomed to viewing our leaders as unapproachable, egotistical and arrogant. I am guilty of this, as leadership is a trait that requires life experience. I didn’t have much of it at the time, and there always room for improvement.
This acceptance has been experienced by many and has lead to a new understanding of leadership. As we quickly move into a new era and become leaders ourselves, the following qualities have become very apparent in our workplace.
Compassion – Compassionate leaders practice listening intently to the needs of others. They teach but not preach, motivate and not press the issue. When a leader shows compassion they have the ability to provide direction, implementing plans and empowering others. A leader with compassion lives empathetically, and would not ask from employees that which he or she wouldn’t do.
The full article, “Compassion, Vision and Opportunity” can be found in the October 2014 issue of The e.Mile People Development Magazine.
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