Matthew 8:5-8: “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.”
Any leader worth his salt shows compassion and genuine care for those under his care. This can't be taught. But if you don't have it naturally you can pray that God would allow you to empathize with a person and give you the grace to show the necessary compassion even if it doesn't flow naturally to you or if perhaps you don't like the person.
Reflection: If you were to assess your personality for its capacity for compassion on a scale of 1 to 10 where would you fall “Atilla the Hun,” “Mother Teresa,” “Ms. Indifferent,” “Mr. Marshmellow”? These names were intended to bring humor but would you want you as a boss if you were going through a crisis at home? Why or why not? Consider the actions that you have taken over the past year or two. What do those actions say to those who work for you about your capacity for compassion? Have people just stopped asking for help? Stopped sharing their personal lives with you? On the flip side are you so concerned about people’s personal lives that you forget that there is a certain level of productivity that each person must contribute if we are to be fair to all? Where and how do you strike the balance? How did you arrive at how you draw these lines?
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