Lately more and more people have been asking me what Compassionate Leadership is. Instead of repeating myself over and over again, I thought it would make sense to write this article. Compassion and Leadership Let’s start with the two words that are in the title. Compassion [...]
About Jan VermeirenJan Vermeiren is the founder of the Compassionate Leader and author of the book with the same title (besides three others). He lives in Belgium, but travels the world to share his insights about how to transform tensions into growth opportunities and how to cooperate in a more compassionate way. On a personal level, Jan has an interest in basketball, Taiko and dance theatre (some of them currently more in a passive than active way :-)).
Grieving is a part of human life. However, it is not something we do well in the West. Most of us don’t take time for it, don’t allow it to each other and also don’t know how it actually works. In the West we have banned decay and death out of our lives. [...]
When a term is coined, there are as many definitions and interpretations as there are people. Personally I don't like to give a one sentence description, but more a summary of traits. For me, a Compassionate Leader is someone: Who knows what compassion is - and is not - and lives accordingly. Who is vulnerable [...]
All growth happens naturally. Actually we don’t need anything to start or support growth. However, what does happen on that natural path, is trial and error. Whenever an error is made, an injury or block can emerge. When that happens, it can be looked at or it can be ignored or dismissed. Whenever it [...]
Is it always easy to go and stay in a centered, compassionate mode? No, it surely isn’t. In this blog post I will address another reason why we don’t go into compassion mode. Actually, why we don’t choose ANY of the three approaches (sympathy, empathy, compassion). That reason is: the difference between primary and [...]
When we talk about compassion as a feeling or an attitude, it is of major importance to make a difference between sympathy, empathy and compassion. They are not the same, but they are used by many people as synonyms. This creates confusion and undermines the real power of compassion. Let’s look at an example. [...]
HR manager Jake and Chief Financial Officer Robert constantly fight. They don’t agree on anything. When Jake is asked about Robert, he calls him a robot without a heart. When Robert is asked about Jake, he describes him as a difficult person who is constantly picking on him and always resists his suggestions. The [...]