This module will discuss different leadership styles. It covers their benefits, how they might apply in various situations including our own, and how we can maintain and develop them in the face of challenges.

Research suggests that successful leaders:

  • Feel and demonstrate genuine respect and concern for colleagues and employees
  • Develop together with their colleagues a shared vision for the organisation, based on values
  • Trust colleagues and allow them autonomy
  • Are inclusive, welcoming diverse viewpoints and identities
  • See it as their role to understand their team, and to focus on how team members work together

Learning outcomes

Studies suggest that showing genuine concern for employees is the single most important thing a manager can do, with a huge impact on employee wellbeing, job satisfaction and both individual and organisational performance. We will discuss how we can become more compassionate leaders, and how we can maintain and develop our compassion in the face of various challenges.

what is Relational leadership

Relational leadership is leading in a way that takes into account relationships, the ways we connect with each other, and the impact this has on our wellbeing.

What is compassion?

What it is, why it is central to our individual and collective mental health, and how we can develop and maintain it in the face of individual and workplace challenges.

Defining compassion

Exploring attributes such as sensitivity (paying attention rather than ‘turning a blind eye’), our emotional responses, empathy (recognising and making sense of feelings) and being non-judgmental.

Why is self-compassion important?

Self-compassion is different to self-esteem, which is conditional, competitive and related to our drive system (our motivation). Studies suggest that compassion is more key to success than self-esteem.

what is Compassionate leadership?

Involves a focus on relationships through careful listening to, understanding, empathising with and supporting other people, enabling those we lead to feeling valued, respected and cared for, so they can reach their potential.

Importance of Compassionate leadership

Compassionate leadership, reflected in policies as well as in individual decisions, results in more engaged and motivated staff with high levels of wellbeing, and leads to optimal organisational performance.

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