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We are all in this together when it comes to leadership, and a little empathy is all we need. Today, leaders aren’t born; they are made. Unlike animals, human beings inhabit a society and share things. Empathy is crucial to every human being but more to leaders. When I say leaders, I am referring to you and me. We are all leaders in our various works and positions in life.

Contrary to popular belief, empathy in leadership isn’t a weakness.

It’s very prevalent to see leaders fail in everyday self-management — and the use of power in such a way that is motivated by narcissism and selfish interest. The most common leadership failures aren’t just corruption, sex scandals, or even embezzlement of funds. Many leaders have lost sight of what it means to be powerful and yet empathetic at the same time. 

How does it happen? You ask. 

Slowly, and then suddenly. It happens with the following;

  •  Bad mini-choices that are made unconsciously. This tends to show up subtly as throwing one’s weight around when allowed to lead. 
  •  Demand special treatment over everything because you have been called to lead.
  •  Isolated decision-making; and getting one’s way all the time.
  •  Defending one’s ego and pride over everything, including things that don’t matter.

It’s prevalent to hear people say, “Do you know who I am? Especially when you poke their ego, and they reach a choke point. 

Empathy plays an essential role in leadership. Empathy is not hard to achieve in leadership. It only requires one to relate to other people’s feelings. Applying empathy as you lead helps you understand that you don’t have to use power for your benefit.

As a leader, when you show your subordinates that you share their feelings in good times and troubled times, it strengthens the bond of your relationship. Empathetic leaders are committed to serving the general public and are generous with the time they spend as role models for younger generations.

Leadership isn’t solely about strength and exhibition of power. You must be willing to risk vulnerability and conveniences at some point.

It’s okay to be human while being a leader. The strongest people make time to help other people even if they struggle with their problems.

We all desire to make a difference in our world, earn trust, have non-negotiable standards, be competent and take charge. However, empathy, authenticity, and generosity distinguish competence and greatness. 

Trust me; nothing will blow up so much as a failure in walking the talk or the selfish abuse of power. Leaders aren’t born; they are made.

Blessings and Love

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Whitney Edna Ibe is the Executive Consultant, Life & Mental Health Coach, and Writer/ Editor at Whitney Edna Ibe Consult (Blog), Flyhiee.com, The Social Talk, and Penprofile.com. She is in charge of consultations, services, and implementation. Whitney is a full-time Inspirational Blogger and Writer making a living from this new and active medium. I'm also an author and speaker. She started Whitney Ibe's blog in 2016 after she stumbled on a blog post by the blogger; shattered in him. She fell in love with blogging immediately. She explored issues of religion, relationship, culture, society, spirituality, politics, and music. She is doing what she loves to do, writing and inspiring people to become better versions of themselves. Her goal is to add more value to your world than you ever dreamed possible by providing life-changing, inspiring, motivating articles, blog posts, poetry, and short stories. As a life coach, consultant, Edna is focused on an individual's personal development and happiness. She is skilled at providing structured questions to help coordinate an individual's thoughts and has excellent reasoning skills for assisting clients in setting tangible goals. She is accommodating and not prudent with her knowledge. She knows what she’s doing and loves helping others achieve their goals. Many of the top bloggers on WordPress and various websites have learned from her writing style, and it has helped them get their blogs to where they are now. Her website is full of great material to help you follow in her footsteps. She has helped many bloggers, and I can’t praise her enough.  You will learn so much from her.  She has one of those sites that you can easily get lost in reading her excellent posts. She loves dessert,t especially chocolate mixed with whipped cream and strawberries. She enjoys long walks on the beach.

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