Can Empathy Make Us More Intelligent Leaders?
As leaders committed to becoming even better leaders, we have all at one time or another asked ourselves; what makes someone a great leader?
In answering this question, we must recognize both the obvious and the not so obvious. One of the less obvious characteristics of being a great leader is “empathy”.
Empathy must not be confused with sympathy. Sympathy enables people being stuck. One the other hand, empathy is a vital element of being the most effective Full Monty Leader possible. Empathy, in it’s simplest form, is the ability to proverbially walk a mile in someone else’s moccasins.
However, there is a deeper understanding and value of empathy when applied to leadership and intelligence. A leader without true empathy is very likely to have rigid opinions, beliefs, and judgments. E.G: there’s only one-way to see/do “this”.
An empathetic leader’s intelligence is NOT limited to what they know. Because Full Monty leaders exercise empathy, they have far greater capacity to grasp ideas, beliefs and even solutions that they would not have previously considered, thus allowing them to become far more intelligent leaders.
So, my question to you is, where do you need to step into someone else’s moccasins in order to expand your intelligence and see what you may presently be blind to?
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