How important is empathy as a leadership trait? Explain why in the comments.

Very important44%

Somewhat important51%

Not important3%

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Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I worked in a culture that Empathy was a core principle but in name only. Layoffs were rampant. Occasionally a leader had it and people always applied to join that group. My observation was those who were promoted the fastest had zero empathy and were 100% focused on delivery ahead of time at below cost, regardless of the impact on their teams. However they rarely stayed in the company more than3-5 years. I learned that you need to lead with the character you can live with and be proud of. It got me pretty high in the organization but not to the top. And I’ve decided that’s ok with me. Don’t sacrifice your principles.
CTO in Healthcare and Biotech, 11 - 50 employees
Empathy for many it may seem a burden. But it’s not! It is an important element within emotional intelligence, which in the end separates bosses from leaders that acknowledges & uses empathy often.
Director of IT in Software, Self-employed
Empathy is an important quality for any leader who wants to inspire, motivate and support their team to achieve success if it is right on target and not excessive so that it turns subordinates into spoiled babies which happens in Gen Z.
Senior Director Engineering in Travel and Hospitality, 10,001+ employees
As a leader you need to feel more (for the employees, for the customer, for the company) than to execute. Empathy is the key to success

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