How to become an effective leader in just one step? Sounds interesting, isn’t it? Are you excited with the answer? Well, just sit back, relax and absorb what I’m going to tell you. That single step to effective leadership means something you can do right now. It’s one thing that may be a missing ingredient in your leadership mix. We know that patience and diligence are two important qualities of a great leader. We also know that listening and understanding make a good leader a better leader. But are you wondering why you are easily losing patience and diligence as a leader or as a manager? Are you wondering why you tend to be uninterested in listening and knowing your subordinates, employees or followers? The reason is you might be lacking this one thing – compassion.
If you want to become an effective and a great leader, you need to be compassionate to your people. Compassion means “to suffer together”. According to the dictionary, compassion is a deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it. Compassion makes a leader selfless and pay attention to his people rather than to his selfish interests, that is, his personal money, wealth, fame and profit. When a leader has compassion, he is also having more patience. When a leader has a deep sympathy and empathy to his people, he understands them more. And when he understands the many responsibilities that he should accomplish as a leader, he tends to become more diligent. Compassion or suffering together also builds strong teamwork. It promotes sharing and unity inside any team or organization.
So there you are, be compassionate if you want to be an effective leader. The single step is to have compassion with your people. Think and feel their sufferings. If you do that, you will understand more what they need. You will be enlightened with the right decisions and actions you need to do as the head of your organization. People will be more motivated and happy to have a compassionate leader. And when you have compassion to your people, they will also have compassion to you in return. That reciprocal compassion will make your people understand your core mission and vision as a leader, and they will become more cooperative to achieve and accomplish your organizational goals.
Now, are you ready to take that one step to becoming an effective leader? Just do it now! If you want to hear more things, don’t just use your ears to listen, but also open your heart and use it to listen to what’s your people’s hearts are saying. Finally, remember that compassion is one important virtue of love. Without compassion, you cannot love your people.