The neglected skill, compassion
Everything was about profit, market share and survival. The feelings of human beings did not always receive the attention it should. In 2020 compassion surfaced again like a tsunami with the need caused by Covid-19. The skill, compassion, will make you a better human being in 2021.
Compassion comes from a Latin word which means ‘co-suffering.’
Compassion = Empathy + Action
“What is compassion? It is a holistic understanding of a problem or the suffering of another with a commitment to act to solve the problem or alleviate the suffering.”
“But the most important thing to know about it is that it involves a commitment to act.”
“Compassion means actually doing something to help.”
“Whether you are trying to get a promotion, reach a financial milestone, complete a degree, or help a child learn to read, it will help you to accomplish your goal more efficiently and effectively, and it will make the achievement more enduring, fulfilling, and rewarding.” Christopher Kukk, Ph.D
Madhuleena Roy Chowdhury, BA says in Psychology Today:
“In all its essence, compassion is “empathy in action.” Showing compassion to colleagues, superiors, or subordinates, are vital to sustaining job satisfaction and work-related motivation.The benefits of it at the workplace: Employee Retention, Stress Reduction, Physical Well-being, and Interpersonal bonds
The advantages of showing compassion
Studies on positive workplace suggest that it and kindness evoke positive emotions. Compassion satisfaction is the pleasure we get from being able to work compassionately. The satisfaction brings a natural and purely subjective feeling of fulfillment and contentment.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, in his works, indicated compassionate leadership as a way to reduce work stress and increase peace among professionals.
Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn since 2008, has his unique take on compassionate leadership. After serving several well-reputed organizations in leading positions, Jeff revealed that the secret to his success in maintaining and running this incredibly rewarding company is compassionate leadership.
Weiner refers to compassionate leadership to have ‘an incredible competitive advantage’ over all other forms of professional strategies. It taught him the true meaning of success, and that was when he began implementing his core values into work.
Exchanging compassion promotes generosity and builds affective commitment of the workers towards their superiors and the institution as a whole Eisenberger.
The opinion of wise people…
“Change your focus, from making money to serving more people. Serving more people makes the money come in.” Robert Kiyosaki
We’ve all heard Winston Churchill’s quote, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
“It can actually fuel your success. For example, a number of studies have found that compassion not only helps to build your resilience and improve your physical health, but it’s also a consistent characteristic of successful and resilient people.”
“You can think of compassion as the Cadillac version of kindness,”
“And it can power you along to achieving a life you’re proud of, much more effectively than any short-lived bursts of energy you may get from other motivators of success such as power or money.” Professor Chris Kukk, Professor at Western Connecticut State University
Employees of compassionate leaders . . . were more likely to act in a helpful and friendly manner toward other employees, even when they had nothing to gain. Emma Seppälä, PhD.
The role of compassion in success is not much talked about but I believe it plays a vital role. It’s the secret ingredient that unlocks your potential, removes obstacles and builds confidence to pursue your goals. It creates a positive chain reaction. Miisa- Driven Women.com
The effect of compassion
“As employees were involved in this showing and receiving of compassion from one another, the entire morale of the company began to improve. Indeed, serving each other inside the organization with an increased showing of it led to serving clients outside the organization with increased showings of compassion and that ripple effect bounced off of them and came rippling right back onto us tenfold.” Amy Rees Anderson
Compassion is not a soft skill—It’s the key to crafting a balanced, dignified, successful work life. When businesses commit to developing it, they benefit by demonstrating a genuine concern about the culture in which their business operates. It can build camaraderie among staff and directly impact the loyalty and retention of employees as well as customers. Jae Ellard
Dalai Lama, one of the most respectable Buddhist preachers, stated that individual acts of compassion and kindness have the power to spread harmony in the entire world. “If you want others to be happy, practice it. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” “When we are motivated by it and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just ourselves or some immediate convenience.”
“Compassion is the one thing that makes truly all-around successful people stand above the noise. It leaves people not only feeling better but having more of a get-to-it attitude instead of just going along and saying “whatever” to obstacles in their path. It can open doors for you that you’d never thought of walking through at all. Tap into your own compassionate side and make a successful difference in other people’s lives.” Joe Rutland
“Compassion is an action word with no boundaries.” Prince
Confirmation… compassion is imperative
“A couple years ago, Google’s HR department … [was] trying to figure out which teams were most successful. And their prediction going in was technical expertise [would be the key attribute for success]. But what they found is that the teams that actually had the most success … had a culture of empathy and compassion for each other.” North Eastern University Professor David DeSteno.
Compassion is not the doing of charitable acts or social reform; it is free from sentiment, romanticism and emotional enthusiasm. is as strong as death. It is like a great rock, immovable in the midst of confusion, misery and anxiety. Without this compassion no new culture or society can come into being.
Compassion and intelligence walk together; they are not separate. It acts through intelligence. It can never act through the intellect. Compassion is the essence of the wholeness of life. J. Krishnamurti