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Leading with Empathy

When we think about the characteristics of a charitable organization—a “public benefit” corporation (that’s the official IRS moniker for charitable nonprofits)—elephants may not immediately come to mind. But for those of you who are familiar with research about elephants, you’ll know what I’m about to share and why I’m suggesting that nonprofit leaders should try to be more like elephants. A defining characteristic about elephants is that they treat one another with empathy. And right now, treating others as we would like to be treated ourselves feels very important.