These habits will make you a more empathic leader

Written by Professor Ajantha Dharmasiri CMgr FCMI Tuesday 19 July 2022
Empathic leadership is in high demand in these turbulent times. Instil these ways of working into your practice to better approach the inevitable challenges they bring – from CMI Sri Lanka
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Buddha said that the only constant in life is change. Indeed, we are in the middle of a period of global socio-economic turbulence the likes of which has not been seen for a long time. What we experience today is a rapidly accelerated change at all fronts, resulting in change, change and more change. 

As Peter Drucker famously penned, such times of turbulence are dangerous, “but its greatest danger is a temptation to deny reality”. We see this very often with fuel or power crises where contradictory statements are often made by people who are supposed to be in charge. 

This is why proper leadership and management – in particular empathic leadership – is currently in high demand on all fronts. Because “when you show deep empathy toward others,” says Stephen Covey, of much acclaimed Seven Habits of Highly Effective People fame, “their defensive energy goes down, and positive energy replaces it; that’s when you can get more creative in solving problems”.

Watch this: Are you leading with practical empathy? (or read about it here)
Manoj Menon, Program Director for CMI Singapore, talks to Judge Richard Magnus

Keep reading to discover the four habits that will make you a more empathic leader


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