As a leader, how do you care for your people but still do the hard things that leadership demands? Many think this is a binary choice, but making tough decisions and being human are not mutually exclusive.
In truth, they are aligned: doing hard things is often the most human thing to do. The ability to combine these two seeming opposites comes down to one thing: Wise Compassion.
Wisdom is the courage to be transparent with others and to do what needs to be done, even when it is uncomfortable.
Compassion is to feel care and empathy for another person, combined with an intention to support and help.
Leaders are the single biggest contributor to how employees experience work, especially post pandemic.
Employees with leaders who show either wisdom or compassion have net positive experiences. They enjoy and are engaged with their jobs and are less likely to burn out.
But, when a leader demonstrates both wisdom and compassion, the impact on employee wellness and productivity is exponential.
Our research shows that there are four skill sets needed for a leader to operate compassionately when doing hard things:
Caring Presence, Caring Courage, Caring Candor, and Caring Transparency.
When practiced in this order, these four skills can create a virtuous cycle that we call the Wise Compassion Flywheel.
In this powerful and practical new book, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter make the case that leaders must always balance caring for their people with leadership wisdom and effectiveness. When leaders bring the right balance of compassion and wisdom, they foster much higher levels of employee engagement, performance, loyalty, and well-being for their people.
Each chapter of the book is based on an important mantra used to help cultivate wise compassionate leadership. As a companion guide to the new book, we offer a series of Mantra Worksheets that are available for download.
Leadership is difficult. It requires a balancing act of making informed decisions that are good for business while simultaneously protecting the most valuable resource of all: our people. How do leaders achieve success? And where does compassion fit in to this?
This assessment is designed to help you understand your baseline level of compassion and wisdom in your leadership style. It will also give you a sense of how you compare to other leaders.
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Our experts introduce senior teams to the concepts of compassionate leadership through an in-house masterclass. We distill the findings from our in-depth research, explain the wise compassion matrix and the benefits of leading from the top right quadrant, and review the critical leadership attributes of courage, candor, presence, and transparency.
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Our experts and experienced facilitators guide a senior team through the journey of how to do hard things in a human way. Through case studies and guided practices, the group experiences compassionate leadership in practice. The session includes an in-depth review of the wise compassionate flywheel with micropractices and practical tips for turning these critical attributes into everyday habits.