The Importance of Empathy, Gratitude and Generosity for New Leaders

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The Importance of Empathy, Gratitude and Generosity for New Leaders
Chloe Xu, Australia, Premium Member
New leaders encounter challenges as they move up the ladder, a disturbing one of which is so called the ‘power paradox’. When people start to feel powerful or enjoy a position of privilege, the selected traits and actions that made them leaders, begin to fade in a surprisingly quick manner. Moreover, studies show that people in positions of corporate power are much more likely to in engage in self-serving, unethical, or inappropriate behaviours than those at the lower rungs of the ladder.

The abuse of power ultimately erodes the reputations of leaders, undermining their opportunities of influence others. It also creates anxiety and grudges among employees, diminishing group creativity and team spirit and impacting team member’s performance as well. So what leaders can do to outsmart the ‘power paradox’? Through awareness and action.

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