What's one quality that all great leaders have in common? Compassion.
Compassion isn’t just about being nice. It’s about truly caring for the people on your team, and demonstrating that compassion on a daily basis through your actions.
Teams thrive under compassionate leadership. They're more dedicated, committed, and hard-working. They trust their leaders and understand the purpose behind their work.
So how can you be a more compassionate leader? It starts with appreciation.
Appreciation is powerful. We all want to be appreciated and recognized for our efforts. When we receive gratitude or appreciation, it's a powerful reminder that we are seen and valued. In addition, it helps us feel more connected to our work and each other.
Unfortunately, many employees don't feel all that appreciated. Why? Because their managers don't take the time to give them positive feedback. In fact, 65% of workers haven’t received any recognition from their managers in the past year.
Lack of appreciation is the #1 reason employees leave their jobs (Gallup)
Appreciation has a huge impact on team performance and morale. When leaders take the time to express gratitude to their team members, those employees feel more appreciated and engaged. As a result, team spirit grows, employee confidence goes up, and productivity rises.
In our most recent webinar, we sat down with leadership expert, author, and world-renowned speaker Kevin Ames to discuss how to lead with compassion and empathy.
In the webinar, Kevin breaks down why appreciation is so important to compassionate leadership, and why employee engagement is often misunderstood. Quick preview below.
Plus, Kevin offers best practices and tactics on seizing opportunities to demonstrate compassionate leadership. He also shares the surprising reason why public recognition is more powerful than private recognition.
Watch the full webinar, which covers:
- The 3 elements of effective compassion
- The 4 opportunities to motivate employees
- Why you should praise effort, reward achievements, and celebrate career milestones
- The 7 best practices for recognition
- Why public recognition is a 3-way win for the giver, receiver, and the observer
The secret to compassionate leadership? Practice.
Most people want to be more compassionate and empathetic. The problem is, they don't always know how.
Compassionate leadership isn't a skill that anyone is naturally born with. In order to become a compassionate leader, you need to practice.
Start by making appreciation a daily habit. You don't need to wait for huge achievements or major milestones. A small word of encouragement can go a long way to boost your team's confidence, especially during stressful or challenging situations.
By making an effort to regularly thank the people around you, you'll start to reinforce a culture of appreciation. Over time, your appreciation will create a lasting impression on your team's motivation and morale.
Within everyone lies the seeds of greatness. As leaders, it’s up to us to unlock that greatness… And we do that by expressing gratitude.
- Kevin Ames, The Ames Leadership Institute
If you missed our webinar about how to be a compassionate leader — or you'd like to watch it again for top tips — check out the full recording here.