Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized
moral qualities of men.
Compassion is a guiding principle for many of the world’s most respected leaders, including:
The 14th Dalai Lama
The current Dalai Lama assumed leadership of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism in 1940 at just 15 years old. Since then, he has become well known as one of the world’s great spiritual teachers and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He has spent his life teaching about the welfare of Tibetans, the environment, women’s rights, non-violence, interfaith dialogue, Buddhism, neuroscience, and more. Compassion is a key virtue for Buddhists, and the Dalai Lama says, "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive."
Learn more about compassion from the Dalai Lama in his book An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Tutu worked alongside Nelson Mandela to help end the era of apartheid in South Africa. In 1984, he became the second black person in history to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1994, he was appointed as the chair of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission to investigate crimes that occurred under apartheid. He guided the commission to an approach of forgiveness and reconciliation that has become an international model for conflict resolution.
In his book, Made for Goodness, Archbishop Tutu explains his core belief that, despite all the evil they can do, humans are fundamentally good.
Malala Yousafzai was born in Pakistan in 1997 and has accomplished more in just over two decades than most people will in a lifetime. As a young teen, she spoke out about women’s right to an education after the Taliban closed the girls’ school in her village. In 2012, she was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman. She survived the assassination attempt and has gone on to become an internationally known advocate for the rights of women and girls. In 2014, she became the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. Malala’s story is documented in her book, I am Malala.
Are you inspired by these leaders? Join us next time to learn more about why compassion is important for leaders.
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