When I Grow Up – Empathy in Leadership

When I Grow Up – Empathy in Leadership

Excerpted from The SHRM Blog By Ross Smith, FRSA

My name is Sophia, and I am so glad to be a newborn in 2021. These are some challenging times for all of us. Thoreau said, “Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

And before Thoreau, Marcus Aurelias said, “Whenever you are about to find fault with someone, ask yourself the following question: What fault of mine most nearly resembles the one I am about to criticize?”

And more recently, the Grateful Dead have reminded us to be the Eyes of the World. Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin’ brings

We are all in our own world. As I, Sophia, sit here in the nursery, I look to others and others look to me. But I hope for a world where our leaders care. During this pandemic, our lives have changed. We need empathetic leaders, we need sympathetic leaders, we need compassion! We need leaders who can walk in another’s moccasins, as they said in ancient times. With our large forebrains, humans are the only species who have the ability to imagine ourselves in others’ situations….
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