May Hot Take: Why is Self-Care Core to Empathetic Leadership?

Self-care is more than just manis, pedis, and massages. It is vital to helping leaders embrace empathy while also making tough business decisions, holding people accountable, and setting high-performance standards. It matters because depleted leaders are ineffective leaders.

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Key Takeaways:

  • Empathy requires fertile soil to take root. If you’re stuck in self-preservation and not feeding your own soil, you won’t be able to meet others with curiosity and empathy.
  • Use pillar one, Self-Awareness, to start taking better care of yourself so you have a greater capacity to look outward. 
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 “It can be tempting to shoulder additional burdens in the name of empathy, but, in the end, you are doing yourself and your team a disservice.”

—  Maria Ross


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