A recent article, 5 Reasons Empathy is Becoming the Number One Leadership Skill by Harvey Deutschendorf  discusses that according to recent studies, ability  to listen and respond with empathy is amazingly the one leadership skill that surpasses all other skills. In other words, empathy is becoming the number one leadership skill today.

Here are four reasons empathy is the most crucial leadership skill needed today.  

Empathy increases employee retention.

One of the most common reasons why employees leave an organization is lack of trust and appreciation from their leaders.  Nevertheless, employees will be more likely to stay when they are being heard, appreciated and cared about.  

Empathy boosts employee engagement.

Employees become more inspired and motivated to do better works when leaders show and express how much they appreciate their good performance.  

Empathy promotes teamwork.

When leaders demonstrate empathy, it passes down throughout the organization— thus it increases collaboration, decreases staff conflict and reduces workplace disruption.

Empathy fosters innovation.

Employees who feel a sense of belonging, that they are really part of an organization are encouraged to find new, better and more efficient ways of working and move the organization forward.  “Their commitment to the organization makes them feel that their success and that of the organization are interrelated.”

Wrapping Up

Empathy promotes high commitment and collaboration in the workplace. Thus, developing and use of more empathy by leaders is a win-win situation —an increase in efficiency, productivity and success of an organization.  There are many ways to show your concern and appreciation to your whole staff and one of them is an awesome workspace.  YourOffice is looking forward to help you find an office space where you and your team can work comfortably and efficiently.  YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

How do you develop and use your empathy as a leader?  Feel free to share your thoughts.  You can also visit us on Google Plus and Facebook.

Leave a Reply