Is it the strongest leadership trait we all need or look for? Empathy that is.
That was my discussion tonight with a legal eagle superstar contact, friend and co-conspirator of mine.
It didn’t start out as the one trait / skill / behaviour / value to rule them all but it dominated a good portion of our fascinating conversation.
We touched on winning via empathy.
Moral results that empathy gains you.
Client support through empathy.
True human vulnerability you show when needed via empathy and
an empathy - ladened approach to negotiations.
Most of all we deduced that empathy has a spectrum of reasons for being; causality and impact.
Sharon ( my co-conversationalist) and I agreed and felt that empathy was powerful beyond many other aspects of the human emotional collection.
It causes acts of kindness. Calms troubled situations. Helps foster belief and trust. Generates a solution where one was previously thought lost.
One aspect that HR Practitioners often have in resplendent under appreciation. Or apologetic “softness”. Or conflicted lack of utilisation.
Yet many HR professionals we know have empathy emanating from every conversation, coaching intervention or tough decision.
Yet we rarely call it. Label it. Recognise its value.
Empathy. Power. Sweet Power. Gentle Power. Human.
Where are you using empathy as your winning hand, your arm around, your knowing expression?