A vibe also influences how to deal with the situation as a leader or a coach:
- In the negative and neutral vibe it means: creating a comfort zone.
- In the positive and inspiring vibe it means: challenging people to get out of their comfort zone.
For now this short introduction about tensions and vibes suffices. If you want to know more, read Our Approach.
The challenge is: how can we, as a leader, coach, agile coach, scrum master, product owner, chapter/tribe/squad lead, HR business partner or other facilitator solve these tensions without creating (too many) new ones, taking the vibe of the people involved into account?
Solving tensions without creating new ones, while taking the vibe into account, is what is Compassionate Leadership is about.
The definition of Compassionate Leadership is:
“The ability to take yourself, individuals, teams and organizations to a higher level of performance and well-being (= a higher vibe) in a safe and stimulating way when tensions occur.”
So, it is not a new style of leadership that replaces other styles, but a dimension that is added. The leadership style that is most open for it, is “servant leadership”. By the way, this is the style that is pursued in most agile and self-organizing teams.
On a practical level there are two “ingredients” of Compassionate Leadership:
- A practical toolkit with short and powerful techniques to transform different kinds of tension (the D.U.E.T. model).
- An attitude and mindset to operate from.
In this one-day Compassionate Leader & Facilitator Experience you receive a head start.