Compassionate leadership inspires compassion naturally, but what are some other ways you can inspire compassion in the workplace? At Technalink, we don’t believe in such a thing as too much compassion, and it can even be thought of as the cornerstone of soulful leadership. Using spiritual management, you can lead your team to a more compassionate place in a positive, meaningful, and impactful way that provides them with skills that they can carry on and spread throughout their professional career.
Compassion can be defined in a workplace setting as a genuine desire to help, support, uplift, and connect with others, creating an environment that leaves workers feeling open and free to share their ideas without fear of judgement, negative energy, or unhealthy conflict. With this newfound freedom, they can rise above obstacles and reach within themselves to pull out potential they may not have known they held before.
One really simple way to inspire compassion amongst your employees or co-workers is by simply getting to know everyone in your office or on your team. Getting to know another person personally really helps to break down those walls that makes them a “stranger”, and builds a fresh new image of their energy as a human being and a friend. To inspire this throughout the workplace, encourage your team to spend time together doing things that aren’t necessarily work related, like fun activities or team building exercises, and enjoy one another stress-free and in a relaxed environment. You’ll find that after getting to know your team, empathy comes more easily, authentically listening is second nature, and a foundation of compassion is built.
Even in work-related settings, simply building a more collaborative environment where teams are treated as equals is a great way to grow and inspire compassion. Having brainstorming sessions where all ideas are considered thoughtfully and positively, and encouraging co-work between team members can help to foster that ideal level of closeness as ideas are shared, supported, and built upon.
The most important thing you can do to inspire compassion in your workplace is to simply lead by example, and be the compassionate leader you want to see thrive in your office. This, along with practicing collaboration and openness, can be your two most effective tools in creating the compassionate workplace you want.