Pity and Performance

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2011 in Interpersonal Skills, Leadership

Sometimes I Go About Pitying Myself

Sometimes I go about pitying myself;
And all the time
I am being carried on great winds across the sky.

–Chippwea music

Pity joins us as people, as does grief.

Pity and grief are common to everyone. Even if we don’t want to pity ourselves we do at times because we are human.

We need to create a trusting environment in our groups, organizations, and communities for people’s pity.

And we need to support them in moving beyond their pity.

Where people hide and suppress their pity, their performance drops. Their hidden pity consumes energy that could otherwise be used in better ways.

The same is true for other ‘negative’ emotions. Where people are resentful or fearful, they are less productive.

A task of leadership is to create safe environments for people to be human and then create space for them to move beyond their narrow focus to see the bigger picture of which they are part.

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