Empathy, Emotions and Leadership


Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool

Anything you’re trying to make happen as a leader involves other people. Unfortunately, most people don’t have to follow you. They don’t have to believe in your great ideas, buy your wonderful products, or do what you want them to do. You may have authority, but as parents of teenagers will tell you, your power doesn’t go very far without others believing that what you want them to do is in their best interest. The pull of connecting to others and their interests is far more powerful than the push of control, especially when you find the intersection between their interests and your goals. Here is the rest of the blog from Fast Co.



Six Habits of Highly Empathic People

If you think you’re hearing the word “empathy” everywhere, you’re right. It’s on the lips of scientists and business leaders, education experts and political activists. But there is a vital question that few people ask: How can I expand my own empathic potential? Empathy is not just a way to extend the boundaries of your moral universe. According to new research, it’s a habit we can cultivate to improve the quality of our own lives. Read the article here.


Can You Read the Emotions of Others?

Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive? If you are among those who are mystified by the moods of others, new research offers hope. To find out how well you read the emotions of others (and for a little fun!), take the “Well” quiz , which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.


Rewire Your Emotions

Do you think that you’re destined to respond the same way emotionally to your same old triggers? That’s not necessarily so says Sharon Begley, Senior Health and Science Correspondent at Reuters andauthor of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves and coauthor with Richard Davidson of The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live–and How You Can Change Them, you can chart new pathways.



For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Checkhov

Let’s say that you are getting ready for a blind date or a job interview.How should you prepare? Besides a shower and shave, of course, it turns out that maybe you should also read some literary fiction! Learn how reading some Chekhov or Alice Munro can help you to navigate new social territoryin this blog from the New York Times.. Read the blog from the New York Times.





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