“If a pandemic is not waking you up from your catatonic coma of how awful, perhaps, your leadership has been … you really have to ask yourself, ‘Why are you a leader?’ I fundamentally believe that the reflection that we’ve had over the past year … it’s a chance for us to do good in that redefinition.”
– Dan Pontefract, Founder & CEO of the Pontefract Group
Welcome to OneTAKE Live! In this episode, host Ian Barkin speaks with Dan Pontefract, the founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group, to discuss the role of caring in leadership, what it means to have true empathy, and the value of putting people first.
True empathy as a leader means putting yourself out there, embracing change, remaining curious, and always being a champion for the people who share your mission. It’s tough — but worth it. And when it comes to your bottom-line, caring isn’t just a nice-to-have.
“You have a fiduciary responsibility as a leader to check in on the soul, the psyche, the wellness, of your team members.” Dan says. “I do care, I do want to care, I should care, because if I see when you’re debilitated, or if there’s a mental health or wellness issue, then I know that typical performance is going to lag and sag, so maybe I do have a responsibility here to be a human being in that relationship.”
Dan has built an illustrious career and media empire communicating the value of empathy and humanity in leadership through his many best-selling books, TED talks, and keynote speaking engagements. His latest book, Lead. Care. Win. How to Become a Leader Who Matters is now available on Amazon.
Join us and find out how the simple act of caring can mean all the difference on OneTAKE Live!
Find Dan on Clubhouse by searching @danpontefract.