First Run Friday: Leadership and Empathy Online

As a leader, empathy is an important trait to develop to be successful. Research at the Center for Creative Leadership indicates, “empathy is a construct that is fundamental to leadership. Many leadership theories suggest the ability to have and display empathy is an important part of leadership.” In these challenging times, showing empathy is vital in helping teams and organizations be productive. 

According to Tim Cook, Apple CEO, “Measure your impact in humanity, not in the likes, but the lives you touch; not in popularity, but in the people you serve. I found that my life got bigger when I stopped caring about what other people thought about me. You will find yours will too. Stay focused on what really matters. There will be times when your resolve to serve humanity will be tested. Be prepared. People will try to convince you that you should keep your empathy out of your career. Don’t accept this false premise.” 

Empathy allows us to lead by understanding our co-workers’ thoughts, feelings and actions.  

More specifically, participants will:

  • Learn the definition of empathetic leadership
  • Discover why it is important to utilize empathy as a leader
  • Gain tips and tools for being an empathetic leader