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10 Reasons Empaths Are Great Leaders

10 Reasons Empaths Are Great Leaders

Empaths can show empathy and share a feeling of understanding of another person’s experience. Sometimes this is the most important skill that can guarantee success and turn one into a great leader. How does it affect your chances of being a great leader? Empathy is important in business and life’s dealings as it helps you connect and interact better. With empathy you can understand the needs and gain perspective of other parties involved in a relationship. These are some things that drive the sustainable success of empaths to becoming great leaders.

1. They want to better the world

An empath’s first thought on a subject or a situation is on how it can be improved to foster a positive image of the human spirit. They want to contribute rather than just take. By improving human relations and offering support to others, empaths show they have something illuminating to offer to the world.

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2. They bear other people’s burden

It shows leadership and strength to carry the burden of others, yet empaths know that success cannot be accomplished alone. Carrying other people’s burden doesn’t veer them away from their goals but rather pushes empaths towards their goals.

3. They can deal with challenges

According to a study, “The extent of agreement between a leader’s assessment of herself and the employees’ assessment of the same leadership is an expression of the leader’s self-insight. Leaders with a strong self-insight demonstrate a good understanding of their own needs, emotions, abilities and behavior. On top of that, they are proactive in the face of challenges.” Being empathetic makes you self aware and meet with any setback or negative situation.

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4. They have better relationship skills

In studies by Dr Antonio Damasio from his book “Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain,” those medical patients who had damage to part of the brain that is associated with empathy displayed deficiency in relationship skills, even when their reasoning and learning abilities remained intact. Empaths can communicate better as they have a deep understanding of the world around them.

5. They are able to adapt

Leading amongst stiff competition can be challenging. Empaths can surge through difficult terrains because they focus on understanding their environment intimately and rising above them. They are receptive to commotions and are aware of what is going on in their organizations both internally and externally.

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6. They can influence others

According to a study employees found it empowering when they worked under humble managers who could relate with them and get them involved. Such employees saw their managers in a different light and were willing to be more innovative and work better.

7. They do not discriminate

Empaths are open to working with a diverse range of people. They do not discriminate and are concerned about how they can all work to provide positive solutions. According to Richard Branson who stresses the factor of this quality, “Over more than 40 years of building our businesses at the Virgin Group, [we have seen] that employing people from different backgrounds and who have various skills, viewpoints and personalities will help you to spot opportunities, anticipate problems and come up with original solutions before your competitors do.”

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8. They project towards the future

Empaths look toward the future on actionable goals. They do not project towards the future in terms of profit but rather in seeking solutions and acting out their plans to accomplish goals.

9. They can break barriers

Meeting deadlines and reaching milestones may come with its setbacks. Empaths do know how to reach even difficult people by allowing them to express their thoughts. Even though there will be disagreements, you can take something from the singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen who admits that our cracks let the light in.

10. They can manage success

While others may crash after an initial success, empaths can manage every success they attain. To the empaths, they stay humble after an accomplishment and make sure their success remains sustainable.

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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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