Many traits create a successful and effective leader. Skills and expertise are a large part of those traits and are completely necessary to be a good leader, but there are other important aspects that come into play. Having the ability to create relationships within the workplace and have compassion and empathy towards your employees makes you a great leader.
In order to create a productive and healthy work environment, leadership must adhere to the rules of human life and practice empathy towards their employees. Employees work best under leadership that gives them the opportunity to have their voice heard. Creating a culture that allows a safe and open space for others to stress their point of view will ensure a happier and more productive team.
Unfortunately, many leaders do not adhere to these standards and practice more of a dominant role in striking fear in their subordinates while playing games to stress their point. These types of leadership tactics, despite the level of skill these leaders may have, can be toxic and cause high-quality employees to move on from the company. It is essential to learn to be more empathetic and compassionate for the good of your leadership and team.
Luckily, for leaders struggling with empathy in the workplace, there are some great ways to hone in on the skills you already have. One of the best ways to practice empathy is by taking time to listen more and talk less. All employees want to make sure they are being heard and it’s essential to give them the opportunity to do so. Leadership can assess needs and figure out how to create a better working environment moving forward, as long as they listen to their employees.
One of the other great ways to practice empathy is by being curious about your employees. Curiosity can lead to you finding out more about your employees and their lives. Take the time to reach out to each one individually and spend time getting to know them. Asking appropriate personal questions is a way to engage more and let them know you care about them and their wellbeing.
Great leadership includes the skill and mindset needed to be an effective leader as well as the empathy and compassion to be a successful one. Working on areas that are lacking can help create success in your office and make you someone that everyone can count on to support them when they need it most.
Highly successful fundraising leader with nearly $5 billion raised
- Fundraising professional with 30+ years of significant higher education and healthcare development experience
- Significant track record of increasing philanthropic support
- Directed three major fundraising campaigns
- Nearly $5 billion has been raised under his leadership
About Matt Kupec
Matt Kupec is a fundraising professional with 35 years of significant development experience as the chief development officer at institutions in higher education and healthcare. Here is just a sampling of what has been accomplished under his leadership:
- Nearly $5 billion has been raised to support people, programs and facilities
- He has directed three successful major fundraising campaigns
- The Carolina First Campaign at UNC-Chapel Hill was the 5th most successful university campaign ever in US history.
- Development programs have been recognized as being among the finest in the country.
- Secured many seven and eight figure gifts, including four $50M+ gifts
Matt’s leadership style has been shaped by the many experiences in his lifelong journey as a professional fundraiser. His interactions with leaders in higher education, health care, business, government and the non-profit sector – and even his role as the quarterback of his college football team – have helped to inform his leadership style.
What drives Matt Kupec in his work is his belief that philanthropy does play an important role in providing critical resources to help an organization fulfill its objectives. Fundraising has an impact. Gifts that are secured can truly transform the lives of thousands of people. Matt sees this as a window of opportunity to really make a difference in the world we live. This mentality and vision shapes his overall passion and work ethic each and every day.
One of Matt’s favorite quotes about team playing within an organization is that “when you want to go fast, go alone. But when you want to go far, we must go together.” And you’ll see throughout his experiences, Matt Kupec has always been a champion that team building may be the most important part of developing a very successful fundraising program.
The really wonderful aspect of fundraising is that you learn lessons each and every day. Dealing with donors, volunteers, development staff, and senior management is a work in progress. It has to be cultivated, nurtured and cared for each and every day. How well you succeed in addressing all of these areas will be the answer to what “culture of philanthropy” you are able to establish within your organization. And the stronger that culture, the more successful your fundraising program will be.
The Early Years: Educational Experience
Matt Kupec has always been a leader throughout his life. Born and raised in Syosset, NY on Long Island, he enjoyed a prolific high school career as an outstanding student-athlete. A three sport star – football, basketball and baseball – Matt earned many honors and awards including prep All-American in football where he led his Syosset HS football squad to an undefeated season and #1 ranking as the top High School team in the entire New York state.
With many full scholarship offers to choose from following his successful football career, Matt Kupec chose to accept a full scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill because of its high academic standing and strong football program.
At UNC, Matt was the starting quarterback for four years and led the Tar Heels to bowl games in three of the four seasons. He was named Most Valuable Player in the Liberty and Gator Bowls.
Matt set 19 season and career passing records while a UNC quarterback. In fact, two of those records – most consecutive games throwing a touchdown pass and most wins as a starting quarterback – remain standing nearly 40 years after his playing career. Matt earned a reputation for being a “winner” during his UNC career.
About this Site
$390 billion was given to charities in the United States in 2017! Yes, $390 billion! These dollars came from individuals, corporations and foundations to non-profit organizations. Fundraising continues to become more important for all charities throughout the land due to ever increasing pressures to increase revenue. On this site you will find articles, blogs, and informational videos that can help you in your journey to build a fundraising program that is providing you with the philanthropic resources needed to help your organization meet its ambitious goals.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”