What if you could be happier, become a better version of yourself, and create an empowering environment for others?
Leading with empathy and even better with compassion can help you achieve your goals faster. Moving from empathy to compassion is the trend 2 out of the 13 to pay attention to this year to build a personal branding for impact.
As a CEO, a business professional or an Entrepreneur, leading with compassion and empathy will enhance your reputation and personal branding.
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What is Empathy?
Empathy is putting yourself in other people shoes, but compassion is doing something about it. Empathy generally refers to our ability to see the perspective of others and feel their emotions.
What is Compassion?
Compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. The ultimate goal with compassion is to prevent the suffering of others.
What is the Difference Between Empathy and Compassion?
Empathy: You see someone who is struggling with their work because of many different factors in their life
Compassion: You try to find ways to help them alleviate some of those struggles
In my case, for example, empathy will mean that I understand that you are struggling to put yourself out there. I’ve been there myself.
Compassion will mean: Let me show you how to get over your fears and be able to share your message with enthusiasm.
Empathy is the feeling and ability to put yourself in someone shoes, and compassion is the desire to help.
We can use both empathy and compassion for ourselves, our staff, our clients and any other stakeholders to develop better relationships and serve them best.
How to move from Empathy to Compassion?
You don’t need any complicated meditation or technique to be more empathetic or compassionate.
The change has to come from within- we need to connect to our values and our purpose that I explain in pillar 1 in my book PB in the digital age: how to become a known expert, thrive and make a difference in a connected world.
Try to put yourself in people’s shoes next time you have a challenging discussion & practice compassion by looking for ways to get past what may be blocking progress and take the right decision.
As we practice and develop our empathy and compassion muscles, we build our ability further and everyone benefits; we become known for this ability.
What happens when we don’t develop empathy and compassion?
Not understanding where other people are coming from can make communication much more difficult.
A lack of empathy can also cause people to misinterpret what other people are trying to say, ultimately leading to miscommunication, conflict, and damaged relationships.
Why move from empathy to compassion?
With empathy alone, we can be stuck with the feeling of others.
Compassion allows us to separate ourselves from the feeling of empathy and avoid being affected by those feeling- we can do something about them – we go beyond our feelings and thoughts.
As a leader, it’s essential not to react or get affected by other people feelings and be clear about what to do.
It’s not always easy to do that but being intentional and practising it will make us better.
The benefits to lead with empathy and compassion
Practising compassion makes you happier. You become a better version of yourself and create an empowering environment for others. As a result, you become a better boss, a better co-worker, a better spouse.
If you are looking to become a recognised thought-leader who leads with empathy & compassion request a confidential call.
👩🏽 I help entrepreneurs, professionals & organisations to become recognised thought-leaders, attract their ideal clients and make an impact globally by developing their personal branding.
About Francine Beleyi
I am Francine Beleyi, digital strategist, business mentor and personal branding expert. I am also the founder of nucleus of change and author of Personal Branding in the Digital Age: how to become a known expert, thrive and make a difference in a connected world. I am a speaker and the host of the podcast MWML podcast where I interview CEOs, entrepreneurs and thought leaders who share their journey both their success and struggles to inspire us to live a meaningful life.
I am on a mission to empower purpose-driven business leaders to position themselves as an authority in their field, attract their ideal clients and impact thousands globally.
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