One of the differences between empathy and compassion is that while empathy is simply experiencing another’s emotion, compassion is a more empowered state where we want what is best for the other person.
HBR: You’ve remarked that the Dalai Lama is a very distinctive kind of leader. Is there something we could learn from his unique form of leadership, as leaders ourselves?
Daniel Goleman: Observing him over the years, and then doing this book for which I interviewed him extensively, and of course being immersed in leadership literature myself, three things struck me. Continue reading
Going to office and concentrating on an ordinary job itself becomes tough for most of us when a near and dear one is sick at home. Living with the knowledge that the new born son will never grow up to be a normal human being, continuing to take care of the boy for over four decades can be crushing enough. In addition, attending to wife hit by Parkinson’s disease over two decades ago. Still, achieving eminence in journalism, running a newspaper as an editor, serving as central minister of the country, continuing to produce book after book and deliver public lectures – are by no means ordinary achievements for anybody.
( Contributed by Mr. Balasundar)
The Dalai Lama was saying that when one is thinking about others with kindness and compassion, one is never lonely. Openheartedness—warmheartedness—is the antidote to loneliness. Continue reading
During an interview the Dalai Lama was asked what surprises him the most, his response was quite mind altering – Continue reading