You must be the change you want to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi ( 1869-1948)
Today is birthday of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, he was given title of Mahatma by great Indian leader and Noble Prize winner Ravindranath Thakur- title struck and he is today known universally by that title.
Gandhiji was a great leader, who could visualise India of future. India, which is free from curse of untouchability, communal hatred and inferior status of women. He used freedom movement not just to free India, but also to remove untouchability and upliftment of women. He was the agent of change he wanted to see in world.
We find many individuals talk about ideal organisation, ideal culture etc. but they always someone else to do it, they don’t want to be the agents of change.
To bring about change one needs mindfulness, optimism and empathy. Mindfulness makes one aware of subtle changes that take place within you and your environment. Many times changes are incremental, and we fail to notice till things change significantly. We become victims of “Boiled Frog Syndrome”.
Optimism helps you to keep faith in your goals. There could be lot of discouraging voices, optimism helps you to overcome this negativity and keeps your faith intact.
Finally whatever you do must result in some benefit to other. Empathy is about giving, a genuine desire to help others.
While working on mergers, I find that mergers or acquisitions result in some employees suddenly becoming redundant, their skills are no longer needed by anyone. These are the employees who need leaders with above qualities to put them back on track via. Coaching, but sadly this rarely happens, most take easy route – sacking or giving VRS.
Just understanding other’s grief is not empathy; see how you can put him in higher orbit.