Why Empathic Business Leaders Are More Successful — Huffington Post

Screen shot 2014-10-31 at 09.30.56A subscriber to The Churning recently forwarded me a link to this article in the Huffington Post:

“It’s increasingly evident that business leaders who are capable of experiencing and demonstrating empathy, compassion, and humility have greater success.”

This almost an advertisement for volume 1 of The Churning, on ‘Inner Leadership’.

The article emphasises how, in a world that is churning, Inner Leadership is becoming ever more important because:

  • “In a global marketplace where problems are increasingly complex, no one person will ever have all the answers.”
  • “Today’s organizations require… a “quick and nimble” management culture. This, in turn, requires leaders to let go of focusing so much on themselves; to let go of the “alpha male” role.”
  • We need a new kind of leader who focuses much more on relationships and understands that leadership is not about himself [or herself]… who knows [s]he needs to listen to other people… to be intellectually curious and emotionally open…(and) needs empathy to do the job.”
  • “The capacity for compassion and empathy are innate, and… can be strengthened through conscious effort and focus.”

Key insights gained from several recent studies show that:

  • “Humble leaders who have increased self-awareness and insight experience greater commitment and performance from their employees.”
  • “On top of that, they are proactive in the face of challenges.”

The exercises in Chapters 1 and 2 of Inner Leadership are focused on developing your self-awareness and insight. Chapters 3-7 are about becoming more proactive in the face of challenges.

Inner Leadership as a whole is about strengthening your self-awareness and putting that into practice, making it actionable.


Thanks again to Karen for forwarding the article.

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