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Putnam Rotary Club Compassionate Leadership Program

A professional development opportunity for those putting Service Above Self


Although operations have largely returned to “normal,” the COVID-19 pandemic’s lingering effects in Northeastern Connecticut include staffing shortages and burnout, particularly amongst the nonprofit and human service providers at the front lines of the pandemic response.

Addressing these issues will require leaders to move beyond merely empathizing with their employees’ struggles; leaders must begin to combine empathy with targeted, supportive actions— a.k.a. Compassionate Leadership.

Over the course of this 9-hour workshop provided by the Putnam Rotary Club and REAL Custom Training, participants will explore and develop essential skills to practice Compassionate Leadership in a post-pandemic workplace.

Workshop Topics and Objectives:

  • Defining Compassionate Leadership and understanding its significance in the modern workplace

  • Understanding the difference between pity, sympathy, empathy, and compassion

  • Communication tools for compassionate leaders

  • Earning and nurturing your team’s trust

  • Utilizing Compassionate Leadership as a retention tool

  • Balancing compassion and executive responsibility

  • Creating a personalized action plan on compassionate leadership

Enrollment Criteria:
This program is open to employees of nonprofit organizations serving Northeastern Connecticut, including human service providers, municipalities, public schools, and civic groups.

Enrollment is limited to 2 employees per organization. Interested organizations are encouraged to contact REAL Custom Training. 

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