Part 2 –Obama’s Hidden Strength as a Likable Leader:Empathy

Empathy is a critical component of leadership and an effective part of being able to connect with others while still being perceived as very high on the likeability scale. Although it recently seems to be a rare commodity in political circles. Maybe this is because in difficult economic times it is best to be a seen as a leader capable of making tough decisions and thick-skinned  survivor rather than a soft-hearted romantic who would rather give a “hand-up” to those less fortunate or struggling in this period of insensitivity and every person for themselves philosophy.   The self-made man concept is rarely challenged today. Yet there  are a few voices such as Barack Obama’s who remind us, of  its importance when he says, in his best seller, The Audacity of Hope ” I think ; as a country, we seem to be suffering from an empathy deficit. I believe a stronger sense of empathy would tilt the balance of our current politics in favor of those people who are struggling in this society. After all if they are like us, then there struggles are like our own. If we fail to help, we diminish ourselves.”

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