Job competency has ceased to be enough in today’s workplace. Emotional intelligence and leadership skills are required for employment, promotion and success in these wild, unpredictable and exciting roller-coaster times of ups and downs, twists and turns. In fact, seventy-five percent of Fortune 500 companies currently use emotional intelligence testing. Spirited Leadership is your down-to-earth comprehensive guide to increasing your emotional intelligence, people-smarts, leadership competency and trust quotient. Trust is the stabilizer and fuel in these dynamic times. Trust ignites passion, powers teamwork, creates strategic alliances and accelerates innovation and long-lasting sustainable results. Relationships of trust and people are your competitive advantage.
Chapter 16: Show Compassion
“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”
Compassion in the workplace? Absolutely! It gives a competitive advantage and is needed more than ever today. There is enough craziness “out there”; people yearn to feel safe somewhere. They want to be valued for who they are. They want to be understood. People want to give their energy and commitment to an organization that genuinely cares about their needs and desires. I’ve felt it in eleven countries, three continents and even in the “C-suite” — CEO, COO, CTO, CFO.
Dare to be Greater!
Being a spirited leader is a personal choice that takes tremendous courage, accountability and conviction. You will face inevitable obstacles in today’s intense business climate. Stakeholders will demand a higher return on investments by expecting faster, better and best with fewer resources. There will be fierce competition internally for scarce resources. Your colleagues will become a threat. People will vie for positions as rumors spread of reorganization and layoffs. You will have to qualify and make yourself relevant, each and every day, to stay in the game.