Why Empathy Is Important in Leaders Right Now

These strategies for practicing empathetic leadership aim to keep stressed employees engaged. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! June 10, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Right now, you need to practice social — not emotional -— distancing. Amid the ever-changing…

Why Empathy Is Important in Leaders Right Now

These strategies for practicing empathetic leadership aim to keep stressed employees engaged.

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10, 2020

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Right now, you need to practice social — not emotional -— distancing. Amid the ever-changing chaos, your team deserves an empathetic leader who deeply understands what individual people are going through. Making the right managerial and executive decisions are challenging enough during good times — and even harder amid a global pandemic. Having lived and worked around the world, I cannot think of a more necessary time for empathy. The playing field has changed for the foreseeable future. Unless you adopt empathetic leadership principles quickly, you may find yourself the captain of a sinking ship filled with crew members suffering from analysis paralysis and traumatic shock.Related: 3 Ways Increasing Your Empathy Makes You a More Effective LeaderThe importance of empathyYou may already be familiar with the value of empathy in leadership, at least on a theoretical level. The Wall Street Journal notes that roughly one in five organizations provides soft-skill training opportunities for staff to learn the art of leading with empathy. If you’ve been through a similar workshop, you might not have realized how important that training was until now.Difficult situations reveal why empathy is important in leadership, and crises like COVID-19 drive the lesson home. Teams led by people who possess high emotional intelligence tend to work hard and persevere through rough patches. They also develop deeper bonds of trust, which are essential when employment statuses seem all too fragile.Right now, plenty of workers are dealing with tremendous fear. Those guided by empathetic leaders will likely have an easier time working through their stresses, while others operating u
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