In this interview, Scott and I discuss the important topic of leading from love. Scott Shute leads the compassion and mindfulness programs for LinkedIn. Mindfulness allows us to see things as they are with presence and compassion and is the act of being with the suffering of whatever is occurring in the moment. Compassion is going from “me” to “we.” At LinkedIn, they define compassion as the capacity of having awareness of others, a mindset of wishing the best for others, and the courage to take action.
By choosing to practice meditation and thus grow our mindsets to something greater than our past experiences, traumas, or narratives, we can choose what we want to believe and thus what we will become. From a place of presence, we can choose love over fear. Leading from love at work and in the world is one of the greatest qualities we can cultivate right now. Love is how we will build bridges, change unhealthy systems, and step towards healing the divide.