Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way

  • 6h 59m 36s
  • Jacqueline Carter, Marissa Afton, Moses Mohan, Rasmus Hougaard
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022

As a leader, how do you balance compassion for your people with effectiveness in getting the job done?

A global pandemic, Depression-level unemployment, civil and political unrest - it feels as if the world as we know it is faltering. Through it all, our spirit is being tested. Now more than ever, it's imperative for leaders to demonstrate compassion.

Compassion in leadership improves collaboration, raises levels of trust, and enhances loyalty. Studies also find that compassionate leaders are perceived as stronger and more competent.

But, as founder of Potential Project Rasmus Hougaard and long-time coauthor Jacqueline Carter show in this essential book, most leaders overlook a key leadership truth: Compassion on its own is not enough. Being an effective leader often requires giving tough feedback, making hard decisions that disappoint people, and, in some cases, laying people off. Showing compassion in leadership can't come at the expense of wisdom and effectiveness. You need both, and this book shows you how to strike the right balance.

With rich stories and examples based on data from 15,000 leaders in more than 5,000 companies, as well as practical tools and advice, Compassionate Leadership is your indispensable guide to doing the hard work of leadership in a human way.

About the Author

Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and CEO of leadership development and consulting firm Potential Project. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and coach of C-suite executives at top global companies. In 2019 he was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 Leadership Award, recognizing "thinkers who shed powerful and original new light onto this perennial and still vital subject." He writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Business Insider and is the coauthor, with Jacqueline Carter, of The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary Results.

Jacqueline Carter is a partner and North American Director for Potential Project. She has over twenty years of experience helping leaders and organizations manage change and achieve results. She is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Leader to Leader. She is the coauthor, with Rasmus Hougaard, of The Mind of the Leader.

In this Audiobook

  • Introduction: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way
  • Chapter 1 - Unlearn Management, Relearn Being Human
  • Chapter 2 - Great Power Comes with Great Responsibility
  • Chapter 3 - Connect with Empathy, Lead with Compassion
  • Chapter 4 - Your Oxygen Mask First
  • Chapter 5 - Busyness Kills Your Heart
  • Chapter 6 - Be Here Now
  • Chapter 7 - Courage Over Comfort
  • Chapter 8 - Direct Is Faster
  • Chapter 9 - Clarity Is Kindness
  • Chapter 10 - The Only Way Out Is Through
  • Afterword: Your Transformation Makes for a More Human World of Work


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