More recently I have found educating leaders and their teams about the benefits of compassion is leading to greater cohesion, trust and performance. Most people misunderstand the meaning of compassion for self and others. It isn’t about having an in-house massage or wellness day (although a great idea), it is about accessing that part of yourself that has kindness and acceptance for others, and most importantly “self”.
This helps us notice that a grumpy person might be feeling stress or anxiety about completing a task or project. Instead of avoiding them or telling them off, offering assistance.
And how about when you get grumpy? Is it because you are feeling stressed and anxious? Self-compassion is exactly the same, but doing it for ourselves – which we are all very, very bad at.
When you made a mistake or felt a failure, what did you tell yourself? Was it critical or kind? How about when a close friend, colleague or family member felt a failure….what would you say to them? Would it be critical or kind?
Most of us can show compassion for others, but my personal view is true compassion for others needs to start with self. It then allows us to be more open to how others behave around us. This awareness is what leads to greater cohesion which leads to greater performance. If you would like to know more about how to bring compassion in to your workplace feel free to contact me here
I hope this is of value, Warmly, Margie.