Recently, I have been hooked to watching the highly-acclaimed television series, “Designated Survivor”. Judging the leadership style of lead character US President Kirkman, played by veteran actor Kiefer Sutherland, I’d say that his leadership style is one that can be characterized as “Compassionate Leadership”.

What is “Compassionate Leadership”?

Compassionate leadership is one that places emphasis on…

…people more than programs;

…relationships more than results;

…reason more than rules; and

…the spirit of the law more than the standard of the law.


His is one that doesn’t stifle creativity for the sake of conformity.

His is one that encourages diversity for the sake of synergy.

His is one that empowers not controls.


I too have my flaws as a leader. Daily, I struggle to love people more than use them.

Today, I pray for the grace to lead with compassion.

Just like a fictional leader like Kirkman.

Just like a real one like Jesus.


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