Compassionate leadership combines management skills with empathy. Compassionate leaders are supportive, encouraging and are committed to improving the happiness of their team. All of this results in a more effective and engaged team.

In today’s hybrid working environment, where some people are physically present and others are working remotely, compassionate leadership has arguably never been more important. By creating a culture of compassion and respect, managers can expect to see improved levels of employee engagement and collaboration. This helps to build a working environment where employees feel safe and valued, which in turn results in increased employee loyalty and retention.

How do I recognize compassionate leadership?

Compassionate leaders are good at expressing gratitude towards others. Employees want to be appreciated and feel like their work is valued. Compassionate leaders demonstrate kindness by showing gratitude to everyone in the team, not just the top performers. Through kindness and recognition, you can earn the loyalty and respect of your team members.

Compassionate leaders tend to adopt a coaching management style. They encourage and guide their team members rather than give orders. Compassionate leaders encourage the team to approach projects with optimism, inspiring the team to use their talents and to try creative and innovative ideas. 

Arguably the most important traits of compassionate leaders are the ability and willingness to listen and learn. By taking the time to learn about your people, how they think and how they work, you can start to understand them and create better relationships with them. If you understand what drives your people, you can direct them to focus on certain tasks or projects that fit best with their strengths. This will help them to succeed which in turn, will ensure that your employees feel valued and more motivated. 

When you create a culture of compassion and respect, you can better understand each employee’s strengths and motivate your team to perform at its best.