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for the 21st Century

The Challenge of Organizational Leadership

Leaders in government, military, charitable service, policing and peacekeeping, international relations, medicine, mental health, technology, finance, education, entertainment, transportation, and other areas of human collaboration are presented with challenges to the success of their organizations. Among the challenges leaders face are:

  • A growing sense of uncertainty about and futility toward the future.
  • The expanded presence of intolerance, despair, cynicism, distrust, and combativeness toward "business as usual," be it in finance, government, policing, human rights, or treatment of the environment.
  • Growing employee resistance to "command and control" styles of management; workplace bullying; sexual harassment; arrogant, abusive, and incompetent managers; and the conspicuous absence of emotional intelligence.1
  • Increasing concern about organizational deception, manipulation, exploitation, and violation of privacy.
  • The growth in despair, depression, and other mental-health issues and the accompanying unhealthy methods for dealing with these issues — including self-medication (abuse of legal and illegal drugs, alcoholism, suicides, etc.).

This is a sampling of the nature of the suffering of human beings — including an organization's employees and customers.

Leaders that ignore these challenges and who do not recognize the need to effectively respond to them do so at their own risk. Research suggest that those leaders who grasp the depth and scope of these dynamics, recognize the opportunities to effectively respond, and develop effective compassion skills are more effective and successful.2

Ending the suffering demands compassion competency.

Applied Compassion Impacts Key Competencies

Developing compassionate leadership skills drives and enhances areas critical to organizational success in six key areas:

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The resource pages on this website provides a variety of materials that introduce and further your understanding of compassionate leadership. Demonstrated compassion training programs designed to transform conflict into cooperation are available now. They include Compassionate Trust Leader training — a revolutionary approach to effectively developing select employees to recognize and defuse conflict before it escalates to grievances and lawsuits.

On-demand, self-pace, online certificate and certification programs are currently being developed.

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Many of these points can be found in: Williams, Ray. 2016. “Why We Need More Empathetic and Compassionate Leaders.” Psychology Today. August 28.


Refer to Awakening Compassion in the Workplace by Monica Worline, PhD and Jane Dutton, PhD from the Center for Positive Organizations, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.

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