Compassion - Starts with you!Aug 15, 2021
There are a ton of leaders out in the world. Some are leading large companies and others may be volunteering a small group. Whatever leader you are or aspiring to be, one thing MUST be part of your practice.
According to several studies and articles from Harvard Business Review, leaders need to have compassion and that is something lacking worldwide. One study showed that the leaders who possess wise compassion, advance higher and faster in the ranks.
But that is not the only reason to be a compassionate leader. People tend to listen and follow those who are passionate about what they do and truly care about the wellbeing of others.
Would you want to be lead by someone who you felt didn't care about you?
But what needs to happen FIRST is compassion of YOU!
I love the story of what to do on an airplane if you the masks come down. When they drop put the mask on YOU FIRST. Then help others. Why? Doesn't that mean I care more about myself than others? NO.
You need to be able to breathe before you can help someone breathe. If you are struggling, how much help will you be to someone else? The same goes for compassion. If you aren't at your best, you can't give someone else your best.
There are many ways to take care of yourself. Emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually... And what constitutes care depends on the person. What works best for my self care isn't what you need. Cleaning the house? That is one of my ways to self care. Sounds crazy to you, but it what makes me feel better. Cooking a great meal for my family can put me in a better mindset. But so can spending an extra half hour in bed or doing devotionals and prayer time. It is up to you and it may look different on different days.
Here are 3 main tips that you can start to apply.
1. You need to give yourself some grace. You made a mistake? Reflect on it. Remember ways to improve. And Release it!
2. Be kind to yourself. The biblical verse that tells "Do unto others as you would have done to you" can point the finger back at YOU. Would you want someone to treat you as you treat you?
3. Take time for yourself. A little time each day to sit in quiet. Maybe you meditate. Maybe you do devotions. Maybe you take an extra long shower. Whatever well being practice that makes you relax and put your mind is a better state, try to make that a priority each day.
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