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Empaths in Leadership


 Empaths in Leadership

Some folks believe people are born as leaders, while others feel that they are made by their environment. In reality, anyone can become a good leader if they dedicate themselves to the art of leadership, though some folks do become leaders more “naturally.”

The good news is, empaths often make great leaders. That’s because empaths resonate with the people that you serve and naturally care about their peers’ feelings, performance, and behavior. However, that alone doesn’t make you a great leader. Instead, you have to dedicate yourself to learning more about leadership.

The best way to learn more about leadership is to seek positive role models and learn from their examples. These examples will inspire you and will help guide your decision-making. As an empath, you’re in a great position to learn from other leaders in your field, as you’re already predisposed to understanding how a person feels and behaves.

So, the next time you have some time on your hands, pick up a book or listen to a leader that you are inspired by. This might be a sports coach, a CEO, a community organizer, or even a political speaker. Take notes, and see what you can learn from their example.

First Impressions

If you’re new to a leadership role, then you’re probably stressed about making a good first impression. This is understandable, as first meetings can leave a lasting impression. As a leader, you need to do everything you can to ensure that the impression you make is positive.

Making a good first impression is less about spontaneity and charisma, and more about preparation. To make a good first impression, you should ensure that you are wearing appropriate attire, prepare a few talking points in case the conversation falters, and should consider bringing a small gift to lighten the mood of a first meeting.

When you’re engaging with someone new, remember to make eye contact when they’re speaking, and try to read the room before making any sweeping gestures. You can also try to be mindful of your body language when making a first impression, as nonverbal cues like head nodding will help you connect with the other person.

Understand Your Responsibilities

Every personality type encounters difficulties and challenges that they must overcome to be effective leaders — empaths are no different. As an empath, you may find yourself agonizing over the feelings of every person in the room, and can easily lose sight of your actual responsibilities.

However, as a leader, you must spend much more time thinking about your job responsibilities, rather than why your co-worker didn’t wish you a “good morning” when they came in. This is difficult at first, but you must remember the folks you work with may have issues outside of work and they may not want to share them with you in the workplace.

As an empath, it may be your natural inclination to overburden folks who are going through a hard time with excessive support. But, you should resist the urge to overbear these people. So, while you should always check in on a coworker who seems “off,” you should consider backing off and leaving an open door policy if they choose not to share immediately. This will ensure that you respect their boundaries, and will give you time to focus on your own responsibilities.



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