Business Needs More Bleeding Hearts

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Jake felt trapped with nowhere to turn.

His house was damaged in a flood, taking up all his extra savings. Then his car broke down. Repairing it was going to cost thousands of dollars. But not repairing it was going to mean losing his job.

Should business leaders care about Jake’s plight?

Like Jake, half of Americans say that they don’t have a close friend to call if they are in trouble. And one in three families are working on the edge of financial disaster.

Financial stress, loneliness, isolation and incivility costs billions of dollars each year.

People who don’t feel seen, known, and cared for:

  • Don’t create breakthrough products.
  • Don’t deliver great service.
  • Don’t adapt well to new challenges.

The best leaders are a complex blend of delicate and tough, with four qualities of compassion:

  • Fiercely courageous when caring for fellow human beings
  • Slow to give up hope
  • Quick to lend a hand
  • Tenacious in the face of someone else’s despair

Jake works in a manufacturing firm with some of the world’s most inventive policies for taking care of people. He trusted that the leaders of his organization walked their talk. So, with his back against the wall, Jake wrote a note to his CEO. He simply asked if there was anything the CEO could do to help Jake keep his job.

Jake’s CEO wrote back immediately. It was relatively easy for the organization to find a way to help. It was momentous for Jake and his family.

For the CEO, Jake’s story offered one more proof that a heart that bleeds with other people’s pain is a business leaders’ strongest asset.

Ask yourself one question: Are you the kind of leader who inspires this much trust, care, and belief?

If not, your business needs more of a bleeding heart.

What does compassionate leadership look like to you?

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20 free books!!!

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Monica Worline, PhD, is CEO of EnlivenWork. She is a research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Executive Director of CompassionLab, the world’s leading research collaboratory focused on compassion at work.

Jane Dutton, PhD, is the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology and cofounder of the Center for Positive Organizations at the Ross School of Business. She has written over 100 articles and published 13 books, including Energize Your Workplace and How to Be a Positive Leader. She is also a founding member of the CompassionLab.

Their new book, Awakening Compassion at Work, available now on Amazon, reveals why opening our eyes to the power of compassion is smart business.