Becoming a compassionate leader is a big part of soulful leadership, but have you ever stopped to think about how truly you’re walking the walk? Talking about being a compassionate leader is one thing, but putting that idea into action is where you’ll see true results. Compassionate leadership is a priority at Technalink, and something that we find every leader should prioritize.
One sure sign of compassionate leadership is a passion for teaching, and a desire to not keep your talents to yourself. Rather than hoarding your gifts, a compassionate leader will want to show others how to share in these talents, and bring out pieces of potential they may never have realized they had before. Seeing others around them thrive helps them to flourish as well, creating a positive cycle of discovering new strengths.
For many compassionate leaders money doesn’t come first, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Rather than making financial profit the be all and end all goal, improving balanced aspects of the business and its employees is the actual priority, with an understanding that building a strong foundation is more important than hitting a bottom line in the long run. Of course the business success is the greater goal being worked towards, but a more compassionate route is taken to get there.
The compassionate leader will also look for the similarities they have between others around them rather than their differences, and focus on what helps them to connect over what creates disconnect. It can be easy to think about what is different between two individuals, but what makes them alike is where the true alignment will stem from. A compassionate leader is always looking to connect and empathize, and this begins with naturally being able to find that special way to do so.
The compassionate leader is mindful, grateful, thoughtful, and empathetic, and these are all traits that not only help them to flourish, but help to lift up those who surround them as well. While some may be natural compassionate leaders, it may take practice for others, but as long as the end goal is a positive one, it’s always a worthwhile route to take.