I’m definitely not one of those managers who claim they don’t need empathy to manage people well. I always try to feel problems anybody in my team faces. Of course I’m not successful in every case, but at least I try.
I won’t change in that area, that’s for sure. I won’t change because that’s the only way I can imagine acting me as the manager.
Nevertheless, I see another kind of managers everyday. Those, who crossed out the word “empathy” from their dictionaries many years ago. Some of them are quite effective, so empathy isn’t required to achieve a success.
I like to think that their teams wouldn’t go into the fire after their leaders. I like to think that they would if they had empathetic leaders. Though I’m far from certainty in those opinions.
How do you think?