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10 simple ways to expand your empathy skills

Empathy is an indispensable leadership skill. Empathetic leaders know how to step into someone else's shoes and truly understand their situation, perspective and feelings. 

Empathetic leaders also know there is a difference between empathy and sympathy. Sympathy is feeling concern for another and sharing in their feelings or struggle. Empathy is understanding a situation from another's perspective and being able to communicate that understanding back to them. 

Strong empathy skills help leaders to: 

·         Build relationships grounded in trust and understanding. 

·         Develop an accurate understanding of people's views, expectations and desires.

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Are you a purposeful leader?

A lot has been written about leading with purpose - about leaders who inspire and motivate others by sharing their ‘why’.

As leaders we know its good practise to spend time defining, explaining and refining the purpose behind our vision and plans.

Something else I've noticed is that a leader clear in their purpose is disciplined about how they work daily to achieve it.

These leaders never forget that what they do, what they say and what they focus on must always move them, their team and their organisation towards what they are striving to achieve. 

Are you a purposeful leader?  

Are you mindful in your approach to your work and leadership?

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2 simple ways leaders use reflection

Reflection is a vital part of learning from experience. Great leaders consider situations from different perspectives and dedicate regular thinking time to deliberate their actions, thoughts, intentions, purpose and behaviour. 

Here are 2 simple ways leaders use reflection:

1.     Retrospective reflection - Leaders consider an issue in the (recent) past and focus on lessons learnt and/or improvements for next time. They consider questions such as; What would I do differently next time? Who could I talk to about this? What resources can I call on to support me? 

2. Prospective reflection - Leaders look

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Here's one way to get what you need out of every meeting you attend. . .

Ever walked out of a meeting thinking ‘what the’?

Could you sometimes be the one that creates that response in yourself or others?  

What can you do to make meetings you attend more effective for you? Here’s my #1 tip, and it's guaranteed to improve the quality of any meeting you attend every single time - be clear on your purpose before you walk into the meeting.  I've learnt (the hard way) that whenever I am not clear on my own purpose for a meeting

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