The month of October is designated by the United Nations and World Health Organization as World Mental Health Month, with the aim of addressing mental health issues in an empathetic way and helping everyone to feel hopeful by empowering everyone to take action.
At Leadworkz we believe that as leaders and business owners, we too can help in this effort. As leaders, it’s not just about leading our team to success, but also understanding and caring about the lives and wellbeing of our people, employees and team members.
With this in mind, let’s talk about Compassionate Leadership and why it matters not just for us, but our people and organization too.
What is Compassionate Leadership about?
As Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady of the United States once said:
“To handle yourself, use your head. To handle others, use your heart.”
Compassionate Leadership is the practice of using your head and heart to inspire and influence people so they can, in turn, inspire and influence others. It is about:
1) Being compassionate to others, and
2) Creating a culture whereby seeking or providing help to others facing turbulent periods in life is not just acceptable but is seen as the norm.
What benefits can I gain from Compassionate Leadership?
Now, people may think Compassionate Leadership is irrelevant to our business, or purely for business benefits. They may also think that it’s a waste of time or resources that could be better spent on other matters at work.
Here’s a saying from the Dalai Lama that may convince you to think otherwise:
“When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience”.
There are numerous benefits we stand to gain from practicing Compassionate Leadership in the workplace, namely:
1. Reduced employee burnout
When our employees and talents feel that their leaders care for them, it lowers the risk of them feeling emotionally worn out from their work.
This, in turn, helps reduce the chances of employee burnout and absenteeism among our people.
2. Improves employee retention
Being compassionate to your people doesn’t just reduce the odds of them feeling burnt out.
It also shows that we care and appreciate them for what they do.
As a result, our employees feel grateful and loyal to our organization and leadership.
They are more likely to stay with us than leave for better opportunities.
3. Increased productivity and growth
As mentioned before, practicing compassionate leadership in our workplace culture lowers the risks of employee burnout, and helps us retain our people.
In addition to those benefits, it is also linked to increased engagement among our employees.
As a result, our employees perform better at their roles and lead to greater profits and growth for the organization as a whole.
4. Positive brand image
A compassionate culture creates the image that we care for our employees and talents’ lives and wellbeing.
This indirectly helps in the hiring and recruitment of new employees.
After all, employees are more likely to join an organization that cares for their people.
There’s more to compassionate leadership than just the benefits our people and organization stand to gain when we practice compassionate leadership. So why wait? Start building a compassionate culture in your workplace today!
Stay tuned for more articles from us as we talk about the benefits of a compassionate culture, and how we can build and create a compassionate leadership culture in our workplace!