This tweet from internet Hippo offers a sad but true insight: we are often tougher on ourselves than others are on us. Kristen Neff is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin and has written a book on Self-Compassion or, learning how to treat oneself with kindness. By this she means the same kindness and care we would give to a good friend. This article reviews Dr. Neff’s research on self-compassion. Why self-compassion for leaders in business? The volatile, complex and uncertain global business environment of the 21st century requires wise leaders who can lead with their heart and mind. After all a leader has to develop high quality connections with employees to actively engage teams and develop thriving cultures.