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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 September 11, 2019

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

Why To-Do Lists Don’t Work (And How to Change That)

How often do you feel overwhelmed and disorganized in life, whether at work or home? We all seem to struggle with time management in some area of our life; one of the most common phrases besides “I love you” is “I don’t have time”. Everyone suggests working from a to-do list to start getting your life more organized, but why do these lists also have a negative connotation to them?

Let’s say you have a strong desire to turn this situation around with all your good intentions—you may then take out a piece of paper and pen to start tackling this intangible mess with a to-do list. What usually happens, is that you either get so overwhelmed seeing everything on your list, which leaves you feeling worse than you did before, or you make the list but are completely stuck on how to execute it effectively.

To-do lists can work for you, but if you are not using them effectively, they can actually leave you feeling more disillusioned and stressed than you did before. Think of a filing system: the concept is good, but if you merely file papers away with no structure or system, the filing system will have an adverse effect. It’s the same with to-do lists—you can put one together, but if you don’t do it right, it is a fruitless exercise.

Why Some People Find That General To-Do Lists Don’t Work?

Most people find that general to-do lists don’t work because:

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  • They get so overwhelmed just by looking at all the things they need to do.
  • They don’t know how to prioritize the items on list.
  • They feel that they are continuously adding to their list but not reducing it.
  • There’s a sense of confusion seeing home tasks mixed with work tasks.

Benefits of Using a To-Do List

However, there are many advantages working from a to-do list:

  • You have clarity on what you need to get done.
  • You will feel less stressed because all your ‘to do’s are on paper and out of your mind.
  • It helps you to prioritize your actions.
  • You don’t overlook so many tasks and forget anything.
  • You feel more organized.
  • It helps you with planning.

4 Golden Rules to Make a To-Do List Work

Here are my golden rules for making a “to-do” list work:

1. Categorize

Studies have shown that your brain gets overwhelmed when it sees a list of 7 or 8 options; it wants to shut down.[1] For this reason, you need to work from different lists. Separate them into different categories and don’t have more than 7 or 8 tasks on each one.

It might work well for you to have a “project” list, a “follow-up” list, and a “don’t forget” list; you will know what will work best for you, as these titles will be different for everybody.

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2. Add Estimations

You don’t merely need to know what has to be done, but how long it will take as well in order to plan effectively.

Imagine on your list you have one task that will take 30 minutes, another that could take 1 hour, and another that could take 4 hours. You need to know the moment you look at the task, otherwise you undermine your planning, so add an extra column to your list and include your estimation of how long you think the task will take, and be realistic!

Tip: If you find it a challenge to estimate accurately, then start by building this skill on a daily basis. Estimate how long it will take to get ready, cook dinner, go for a walk, etc., and then compare this to the actual time it took you. You will start to get more accurate in your estimations.

3. Prioritize

To effectively select what you should work on, you need to take into consideration: priority, sequence and estimated time. Add another column to your list for priority. Divide your tasks into four categories:

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  • Important and urgent
  • Not urgent but important
  • Not important but urgent
  • Not important or urgent

You want to work on tasks that are urgent and important of course, but also, select some tasks that are important and not urgent. Why? Because these tasks are normally related to long-term goals, and when you only work on tasks that are urgent and important, you’ll feel like your day is spent putting out fires. You’ll end up neglecting other important areas which most often end up having negative consequences.

Most of your time should be spent on the first two categories.

4.  Review

To make this list work effectively for you, it needs to become a daily tool that you use to manage your time and you review it regularly. There is no point in only having the list to record everything that you need to do, but you don’t utilize it as part of your bigger time management plan.

For example: At the end of every week, review the list and use it to plan the week ahead. Select what you want to work on taking into consideration priority, time and sequence and then schedule these items into your calendar. Golden rule in planning: don’t schedule more than 75% of your time.

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Bottom Line

So grab a pen and paper and give yourself the gift of a calm and clear mind by unloading everything in there and onto a list as now, you have all the tools you need for it to work. Knowledge is useless unless it is applied—how badly do you want more time?

To your success!

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