Compassion In Leadership Is More Important Than You Think, Part II

Handshake_(Workshop_Cologne_'06)Read the first part to “Compassion In Leadership Is More Important Than You Think” by clicking here. 

Steve Jobs isn’t the only celebrated visionary who’s been accused of being a tyrant. A new survey reveals that self-oriented bosses are more prevalent than they ever have been. Lynn Taylor, the author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant, conducted a survey in which she commissioned 1,002 adults. The survey found that 86% of Americans felt that bad boss behaviors go unnoticed all too often, and it affects far too many people.

There was also a five-year national study that was very telling with regard to harsh boss behavior. The study compared childish traits in bosses between 2004 and 2009. These traits included being self-oriented, stubborn, overly demanding, and impulsive, as well as having habits like interrupting and throwing tantrums. The result? The “self-oriented” trait increased by 50% to the top spot in those five years. Also, 7 out of 10 Americans said that “bosses and toddlers with too much power act alike.”

Aside from causing emotional unrest, abusive bosses are bad for the physical health of employees, also. A study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine researched over 3,100 men over a 10-year period in typical work settings. The result showed that employees with bosses who were inconsiderate, secretive, incompetent, and uncommunicative were 60 percent more likely to suffer heart attacks or other life-threatening conditions. This was just one of any studies showing that bosses who have bad qualities affect the physical health of their employees.

If you are a leader, remember to show compassion to your employees. It may seem that being tough as nails are how to get ahead, but it’s just as important to foster a positive work environment. It is important to do this for the health of your employees and for the benefit of your company. It is easy to crack under pressure, but if leaders have empathy for their employees instead of throwing tantrums, they are much likely to reduce this stress in the future.


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.

Compassion In Leadership Is More Important Than You Think, Part I

640px-Shake_handThose who are in business school or any kind of leadership program will likely learn to lead with their minds. It is a constant belief and teaching that leaders should be rational, tough, and strategic. While it is, of course, important to be diplomatic and use your mind, it is also important to use your heart. There isn’t nearly enough emphasis placed upon the idea of leading with your heart. However, research shows that to be a successful leader, one also needs to show empathy and compassion.

It is easy to think that a coercive style of leading will work. After all, it does often garner results  in the short-term. But it can mean something very negative long-term for your company. Leading this way creates a dissonance between a leader and his or her employees. This leads to a number of toxic emotions in the workplace, such as anxiety, fear, and anger.

It is common to see people in the workplace cracking under pressure and due to the authoritarian style of leadership. These types of leaders also tend to see their job as a competition or a form of warfare. As a result, these people also talk badly about one another. This is evident in politics as well, as we see many politicians criticizing one another and assassinating each other’s characters.

Ray Williams of Psychology Today recently spoke about how nice people actually can succeed. So many people think that the way to command respect is to be brutally harsh, but the reality is that kindness does pay off. Some people say “I don’t like him, but I respect him,” but this expression does not have much truth in relation to long-term success. Steve Jobs, for example, is celebrated by many as a visionary. But it has been stated that he was also a tyrant at times. He often went into fits of rage and took credit for other people’s ideas. He was a brilliant man, but he wasn’t always a very nice one.

Read the second part to “Compassion In Leadership Is More Important Than You Think” by clicking here. 


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.

Entrepreneurs: Burn the Midnight Oil, But Don’t Burn Out

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Burn the midnight oil while you build your future company, but don’t burn out. Some quit their day jobs while others choose to shoulder the responsibility of full-time work and their new business venture. Deciding whether one should or shouldn’t hold onto a nine-to-five is a deeply personal decision but doing both means knowing how to successfully juggle the passion and the profession.

One important thing that an entrepreneur must do is set daily goals. By setting daily goals you ensure each day is a step toward the future business that you deserve and desire. Plan for the tedious tasks and the big moments by creating to-do lists and logos. Develop a business page, organize marketing ideas, compile a list of potential contacts and generate a catalog of design or campaign ideas. Depending on the type of business you want, there’s a great deal of work to be done, and there’s no point in waiting to start your future. You can aggressively prepare for the life and future of your company before it becomes a real thing.

What’s also very important when creating a business is “giving it your all, but not your everything.” Passion may compel you to put absolutely everything into your project but that’s not necessarily the best avenue. Keeping a full-time job while working means that you’ll have money to invest into your company, lessening the need to take out loans. With that said, look to trusted individuals around you with investments. Seek out the help of friends who can offer you their skills related to legal counseling, website development, marketing, coding, product development and proper research. Seek out the assistance of freelancers, outsourcing as much as you can. If you’re too busy to handle your social media, book your appointments or populate your blogs, find a freelancer or a virtual assistant.

Also, if you must, find a co-founder who can help to share the responsibility, alleviate stress and helping to accomplish goals. You and your co-founder will be able to get twice as much done and you’ll have a sounding board. When seeking a co-founder be sure to find someone who shares the same passions as you, who looks has a set of skills to offer and who you’re very compatible with. Search social media sites, go to industry events and visit networking sites like StartupWeekend, CoFounderLab, and Startup Grind.

Another piece of valuable advice is to avoid distractions. Make sure you set aside time to spend with your loved ones and friends, but if your Netflix or Amazon Prime Video subscription keeps you from doing the work that you must do, then you need to limit your use of it. When you’re working on important projects, steer clear of Facebook and Twitter, stay away from your email, shut off the cell phone and focus wholeheartedly on the work at hand. You’ll boost your productivity, which will help you to one day generate revenue and offer your customers a secure service.


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.

3 Things Entrepreneurs With Full-Time Jobs Should Do

Salaryman_asleep_on_the_Tokyo_SubwayDespite everything you’ve read, there are no clear-cut paths that will point you clearly toward your career as an entrepreneur. There’s no instruction manual or guideline that will totally offer you the framework you’ll need to launch and carry your business, that’s particularly true for those who create businesses while holding full-time jobs. With that said, there are thoughtful suggestions, there’s real and comprehensive advice shared by experienced professionals who want nothing more than to see others create boldly and efficiently.

1. Find a Coven of Entrepreneurs

Find a group of peers dedicated to their own ideas and dreams, and develop a symbiotic relationship where you nurture and foster one another’s success. Together, you should support one another, share advice and brainstorm, which will carry you all closer to where you need to be. If you’re having trouble finding a coven and question coworkers and friends about their dreams for personal success, and convert them to hopeful entrepreneurs.

2. Learn Relentlessly

An important part of being a business leader is knowing a great deal about the business industry that you’ll be a part of. That means that you always educating yourself and using the internet and any other means as a resource. Visit the local library, listen to podcasts or audiobooks, read books, find a mentor and hire a coach. Do anything you can to learn everything you can. Do whatever it takes to stay motivated and confident.

3. Respect Your Day Job

No, your day job isn’t your dream job, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t deserve your respect or your interest. When you’re at work, show that you appreciate it by doing the best that you can. Even if your job is difficult or stressful, it’s likely that you can find comfort in your friendly co-workers, your comfortable work chair, or the work.

Whatever it may be, focus on that positive, and use that positive to help keep you eye on the prize, Don’t let negative thoughts or negative aspects of the job drag you down. Instead, try to turn the discomfort on its head. Think, In what ways is this company poorly run and how would I correct it if I was in charge? or In what ways can I make sure my employees are comfortable? You should view each negative moment as an opportunity for constructive thinking.


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.

3 Things to Do When Juggling Your 9-to-5 and Your Own Business

JugglingThe daily grind can be difficult enough without harboring a desire to grow a business from the ground up. A bitter reality is most must work a nine-to-five while they’re starting their own business when they’re off the clock. Because of this full-time schedule, it’s easy for many hopeful business leaders to lose motivation and drive. The transition from employee to entrepreneur is not an easy conversion. In fact, it can be downright difficult and discouraging, it’s a period of time filled with tests, challenges, and trials. Nonetheless,  you must stay committed to your dreams and habitually identify reasons you started this endeavor to help you to continue to strive forward.

1. Remember the Why

One way to make sure you always stay connected to your dream is to always remember the ‘why’. Remember why you first desired entrepreneurship and remember why you took your initial steps toward it. Whether you have dreams of being your own boss, being financially independent, having control over your own time or your want to be as creative as possible, identify why that is important and remind yourself of that every day.

2. Dream Realized

Make sure your dream isn’t a dream deferred by staying committed to the desires that drive you. You find that you’ll encounter obstacles to success, so look to trusting individuals to help you access to research and defeat barriers. Above all, make a promise to yourself that there isn’t an obstacle big enough to pull you away from the things in life that you want to do in life.

3. Vision Board for Success

If the road to success seems a bit foggy, plan ahead and anticipating any challenges or needs. Create a detailed vision board, documented what your life as an entrepreneur will look like. Depict your future customer base, your ideal work day, the activities you’ll engage in, potential social media practices and what your income will be. After you’ve identified all of these things, revisit these plans every day. Focus on what it would be like to have a flourishing business and describe how you plan to circumvent any foreseen or unforeseen challenges.
Remember, stay focused on your full-time job while working on your full-time goal. By handling both tasks well, you’ll demonstrate your stellar time management and prove that you’ll be able to handle future scheduling challenges.


Eddie Dovner is an entrepreneur, inventor, and CEO who is based in West Palm Beach, Florida. Learn more about Eddie Dovner by visiting his pages on LinkedIn, Twitter, and SlideShare. Also, please learn more by visiting EdwardDovner.org and EddieDovner.com.