"The true price of leadership is the willingness to place the needs of others above your own." ―Simon Sinek, Author of "Leaders Eat Last."
Empathy is understanding what other people are thinking and feeling. Empathy helps us connect and behave positively toward each other in human relations. It is also the foundation of our commitment to justice and can help us be heroic or selfless when we see others in need.
In our world, which is evolving with technology, we must show empathy when communicating with others. We rely on technology which can sometimes disengage us from the surrounding people. Our dependence on technology can create an atmosphere of gratification and disconnection that denies us the critical opportunity to understand another's perspective.
An essential characteristic for successful leaders in every generation remains unwavering trust—something only attainable through genuine connection rooted in fundamental understanding and compassion—qualities imparted by genuine empathy.
In business, leadership often measures success and profits. But what if leadership is measured by how much empathy a leader shows? According to author Simon Sinek, this should be the case.
Sinek also claims that genuine leaders are the persons who go first. Leaders don't accept change; they charge ahead with it. Leadership isn't about avoiding risks but embracing them—even when there's no guarantee of victory.
By showing empathy towards our colleagues, we create an environment of collaboration instead of competition.
Instead of worrying about what our competitors are doing, we work together to develop goals we can achieve. We should not compare our success to that of our competitors.
Instead, we are creating our definition of success, where satisfaction comes from advancing and achieving our goals.
How can we show empathy in our work lives?
When we act polite and respectful towards others, they usually respond in kind—creating a noble rhythm of appreciation for each other in the community. Especially during harsh times, generosity and kindness are significant and show that we have strong character.
The result is a powerful bond of mutual benevolence that expands warmth around us, deepening personal connections and ensuring success in any workplace environment.
When we think about what is best for the people we work with, our clients, and our loved ones instead of ourselves, we create a better world for everyone. We differ when we show kindness and understanding.
Genuine leaders must have the courage to blaze their trail and set an example for others.
So, how will you practice empathy?