Explaining the Importance of Compassionate Leadership

Leadership / Mark Seyforth / January 28, 2016

Compassionate leaders don’t simply teach their underlings how to keep their heads above water, they teach their underlings how to swim.

Moreover, when teaching them to swim, they continually feed them positive reinforcement and encouragement, enabling their success. They’re companions, also swimming. They’re not standing on the dock, yelling from afar, they’re in the chilly waters with subordinates, modeling the precise posture and stroke needed to swim swiftly and successfully. In the thick of it, these leaders prove their strength and commitment to their team by offering direction, instruction and confidence while swimming away toward the shore.

An important component when building a successful business is compassionate leadership. Compassionate leadership is the transformative shift from “i” to “we,”  from individual to team, and it’s the element that permits authentic connections, motivation, and guided direction. Compassionate leadership doesn’t merely build company culture, it builds companies. It promotes individual growth and the maturation of creative ideas within a work setting. Compassion is an extraordinary personality trait for leaders, particularly when it’s rooted in authenticity, authority, and availability.

Within an organization, workers can only be as effective as those who lead them. If employees are asked to blindly follow the leadership of an arrogant or an abusive individual who has little regard for personal well-being or interests, then employees will begin to imitate that indifference. Employees care deeply about companies that care for them, and when they feel that their leaders and their company have doesn’t recognize their strengths or their ambitions, then they mentally or physically resign.

The role of a leader is not one to be taken lately. To elevate a team to its fullest potential, one must possess humility and kindness. It’s absolutely possible to be kind or compassionate without being too friendly. There is a fine line, but follow it, and stick to it. Walk that balanced line by always being cognizant, motivational and sympathetic, as well as assertive and instructional. A great leader is a teacher and a listener, a motivator, and a trendsetter. It’s absolutely within a strong leaders’ skill set to teach subordinates how to be better in their current roles, and how to become leaders themselves.

If you don’t know how to improve your leadership style or offer your underlings the support, empathy or compassion that they so richly deserve, try following these tips:


  • Find a mentor to help advise you

  • Don’t overextend yourself

  • Communicate effectively with your team

  • Lead by example

  • Be educated your own career past, try to avoid repeating mistakes

  • Show humility. It will make you appear humble and caring.

  • Make each meeting productive

  • Be emotionally sensitive and emotionally intelligent

  • Always work to improve

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Mark Seyforth
Mark Seyforth is an entrepreneur and marketing guru based in Coral Gables, Florida. Learn more about the ambitious businessman by connecting with him on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

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