Presidential election season is filled with interesting leadership lessons, voids and learning opportunities. One word comes to mind when I think about Leadership
According to our good friend Google….
1. the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Does the leader have any REAL, dirt under the nails experience with the topic at hand? Or are they just trying to figure it out “on the fly?”
There’s something to be said for the Old School Leader, those that have started at the bottom and worked their way up. This does not need to be a CEO, it could be a supervisor that manages 10 people in an organization of 150…..if they started at the bottom and worked their way up, I’ll put my money on them. As long as they have a memory so they don’t forget where they came from!
A leader with a healthy dose of Empathy is not guaranteed to succeed. But it sure does tilt the deck in their favor. How do you know if they have it?
They demonstrate it. They talk about what matters, the people surrounding them.
They talk with admiration, passion and great detail about what it means to win, how they did it, the critical role of people and their “coaching” role in the process.
You start to view them as someone that can do the job of the people they are being asked to lead. Because they have done that in the past, and haven’t forgotten where they came from.