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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 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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