In-Sight: Compassionate Leadership

This week, I offer a guest column–an excerpt from an article in Contemplative Journal describing the transformation taking place across the earth in work environments where compassion is replacing control….

     “Across the globe, in board rooms, in cubicles, on the factory floor–wherever you find workers, a quiet revolution is underway. What began as a movement toward greater spirituality in the workplace has morphed into multiple understandings of what this phrase might mean. It’s characterized by compassionate business practices and a work environment in which employees are recognized and encouraged for the unique, creative capabilities they contribute to the team. Interwoven in this metamorphosis is the fundamental knowing that all individuals–regardless of position, are deserving of respect; that respect is a given, not an added benefit.

Whatever name you choose to call this revolutionary way of business, and whatever tradition, secular or spiritual, might inspire it, compassionate business practices begin within each individual’s core and spread throughout the company through their thoughts, actions, and words. When an organization recognizes the importance of humanizing the workplace and its leaders begin to implement compassionate practices, the climate and the culture of the organization is transformed.”

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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1 Response to In-Sight: Compassionate Leadership

  1. Patrick says:

    The landscape of the modern day workplace created by the hands of man is of course a place ever so in need for a revival. A place where transformation is always needed and welcomed no matter how much an effort has been made to recognize the sacredness of life. Exclusion to varying degrees, rather than affirmation, happens even in the best environments as leaders grow weary and lose sight of the human effort that is often clouded by goals and targets that give the illusion of progress and success required of a world that is struggling to hang on. The desire for survival, though futile, is mainly through corporate profits and returns on investments rather than creating an environment that allows individuals to come and live out the their vocational calling affirming their calling to life, which is truly the ultimate return of our efforts no matter where we are no matter what name our workspace may carry. To many times punitive action is the food for thought, missed goals, rather than opportunities for improvement and chances to grow. Good article and I was happy to forward to my friends who are laboring away to bring vocation to the front line in a nearby plant.

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