Creating a WORLD of Difference


Author: Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter with Marissa Afton and Moses Mohan

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (18 January 2022)

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


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

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 co-author 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.

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