When I was a kid, I used to like Santa Clause because he used to give me gifts. I like him now because he give gifts to all kids. Giving gives happiness to us. This stems from compassion.
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One old lady used to come at our home to cook food in the evening. She had a lot of affection for me, my little sister, my father and my mother. After cooking, she used to very warmly and compassionately speak with us for 5 - 10 minutes, and then go back to her work. She had a small hut as her home. There was no fan, no furniture; just one small stove, mat and one lamp.
Studies have shown that self-focused people are more socially withdrawn, brooding and even antagonist. Compassionate people, in contrast are generally found more sociable, flexible, creative and are able to tolerate life's daily more easily.
Can this also be translated in professional setting?
In long term, I feel, compassion competency will bring up new leaders who will be more creative, create culture of innovation, retain talent and strategically add value to employees, shareholders and business. Self-centered leaders may look for short-term brownie points, invest their energy in directly or indirectly deceving stakeholders, including customers and managers, fuel attrition and affect brand name.
Leaders! Listen, understand and cultivate compassionate workforce to serve stakeholders and yourself. Choice is yours!
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