Empathic Leadership

I read a very interesting editorial today about shoes, and empathic leadership, written by Norm K of CLO Magazine.

In it, he reflects on all the footwear idioms we use in our western culture, particularly the one that references “walking in someone else’s shoes.” He then continues on to relate that to how learning leaders and the business world at large would do well to approach their practices with more empathy — for the client, the employee and the business — if they wish to increase their bottom lines and make their work more productive, effective and appealing:

cover of current issue of CLO MagazineChief Learning Officer Magazine, July 2009 issue
Editor’s letter, pg. 4
[digital version]

I wonder if any of our leaders out there are reading this, or thinking along these lines… or if folks have forgotten that brighter times are ahead — and we better be ready.




About KappaDiva
Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (www.learningleader.org,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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