In this episode, we dive into empathetic leadership with Dr. Peter Sear, a psychologist, writer, and consultant. Dr. Sear is the founder of Empathic Minds and has written a book called “Empathic Leadership: Lessons from Elite Sport.” We discuss how empathy can help leaders understand the needs of their team members and become more effective in their roles.

Dr. Sear shares his research on empathetic leadership in sports coaching and how it can be applied to business leadership. He emphasizes the importance of maintaining a balance between being a leader and developing a close relationship with team members. We also discuss the concept of self-empathy and the importance of touchline behavior in sports.

We also talk about the connection between trust and empathy in leadership and how empathy can help build trust with team members. Dr. Sear explains that empathy creates a safer and more caring environment, which leads to better wellbeing and creativity.

Dr. Sear also talks about the different types of empathy and how leaders can develop it within themselves and their teams. He notes that empathy can be trained and practiced, and that leaders can use techniques such as sharing biographical stories and using conversation cubes to get to know their team members better.

Overall, this episode emphasizes the importance of empathy in leadership and how it can help leaders connect with their team members and achieve big things. Dr. Sear’s book is available for order from any book seller and will be released in the US in June and in the UK on April 27th.

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