Why Is Empathy A Vital Skill For Leaders ?

by Tracy Seed

Do situations arise at work that confuse the way you relate professionally and personally with your colleagues? Have you ever listened to a colleague

It seems that some of the reasons leaders fear being empathic, are because they are concerned about appearing weak or getting lost in the role of counsellor.

Transformational leaders understand that it is essential to feel the plight of others and also, to be able to make decisions that are not necessarily agreeable with some people in the organisation.

Empathic leadership means we consider the needs of those who will be impacted by our decisions and wherever possible, we include these people in the decision making process. This action requires skill, courage, compassion, focus and determination.