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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.