Consistently, however, we all seem to want empathetic leadership and in the eternal search for it, we have made serious mistakes. Nothing can delay progress more than a weak, egocentric leader. And nothing can kill ambition and inspiration faster than un-empathetic leader.
So, let us try to vet leaders in better ways. And let us aim to find those that have empathy and that wish for others to succeed beyond themselves.
Yeah, I know, hard in today's world. They are out there, however.
There is one very simple test that we can start with. It is so simple is laughable. In my experience doing business across multiple cultures, this one pronoun will consistently reveal the truth about where a leader is in the empathetic, ego-less scale.
That pronoun is: I
Someone many years ago suggested trying to write everything without using "I." It is hard. Very hard. In a sel…