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Creating Leaderful Organizations by Joseph A. Raelin

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9 Compassionate Leadership

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COMPASSIONATE LEADERS DO NOT SEEK TO CONTROL OR TO AWE others because of some unmet ego needs. Transcending their own ego identity, they seek to elevate others so that the whole community can benefit. What makes them special is not necessarily their own elevation to a high state of development but an interpersonal commitment to the dignity of others. They recognize the potential contribution of each member of the community, no matter what his or her position or status.

Yet, maintaining dispassionate control over the enterprise remains a popular prescription for leadership these days since it fits with the view that we ...

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