By IMELDA SAMBA | Photo Taken by BARBARA HOU
The definition of a country’s independence is understanding that “one can live a life of his or her own choice only when he or she is economically and emotionally independent” or “one can experience the freedom of his or her existence only when he or she is not emotionally or economically dependent on someone”.
In Solomon Islands, Independence Day is celebrated on the 7th of July and is marked a public holiday. This year marks 43 years free of British rule since 1978.
At BSP Finance, we commemorated the day by decorating our office in blue, yellow, green and white which was the same for our attire as well. We were also paid a visit from our very trusted foreman – Saedi who assisted us in putting up our frames on the 3 Minimum Service Standards as well as the Bank’s Core Values.
On our core value of the month “Leadership” – empathy by leaders is having the ability to understand the needs of others and being aware of their feelings and thoughts. The KPI or Mid-Year Reviews are upon us now. It is very important that we as leaders in the bank must show empathy in more ways than one to our staff.
How do you Show Empathy as a Leader? Here are some examples:
- Truly listen
- Don’t interrupt
- Be fully present
- Leave judgement behind
- Take a personal interest
- Lead from within: Empathy is an emotional and thinking muscle that becomes stronger with use.
And remember, the mid-year reviews are due at the end of this month.