Empathy is clearly the competitive edge leaders are missing
Ninety-one percent of CEOs believe empathy is directly linked to a company’s financial performance, while 93 percent of employees say they’re more likely to stay with an empathetic employer. But, an increasing number of employees don’t think their employer is empathetic, leaving the door open for lost talent at organizations that can’t close the “empathy gap.” In fact, 92 percent of CEOs say their organization is empathetic, but only 72 percent of employees agree (a 6-point decrease from previous years).
Feel free to have a look around these pages where I share and collect action, inspiration, initiatives and science. You may think I am a dreamer… but there are many all over this planet ;-). It is nevertheless striking, that this ’empathy workforce’ is rather loosely connected. I made it one of my missions to gather links to their projects on this site.
Empathy experts are shooting up these days. We humans seem to be longing for a more humane version of ourselves. The more interconnected we get, the less our individualistic world-view fits us.
This renewed interest in empathy brings opportunity. Empathy is a very empowering skill, which has been around for a long time, like many other skills. The more we get to dust it off and find new ways to use this skill, the better we can face the problems we need to solve together. But beware, empathy of the kind that really moves us into beneficial action is not developed on good intentions alone. We need to practice in order to overcome our self-serving biases.
Albert Einstein on Compassion
“A human being is a part of the whole, called by us “Universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.”
Letter of 1950, as quoted in The New York Times (29 March 1972) and The New York Post (28 November 1972)