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The Empath As The Ideal Leader Archetype – Understanding Multidirectional Influence

Written by: Mira Taylor, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

The empath is a personality archetype and intellectual ability that isn’t always appreciated in business or organizational settings and almost never considered the personality type that would be best suited for leadership. In this article, I am going to explain why the empath is exactly who businesses and organizations should aim to have in leadership positions and why empaths should accept their capabilities as strong leaders – at the very least excellent communicators. One of the aspects of emotional intellect that is important to understand about empaths is their ability to be emotionally influenced by others and their environment. The reality of this intellectual ability is something that often gets defined as a weakness by both the empath themselves and others. This is because before an empath learns how to work with this skill or ability, it is often overwhelming for them as it can feel like they have to identify and deal with every emotion in the room while also trying to understand and identify their own emotions.

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What becomes important for the empath to realize and practice for themselves with this type of emotional intelligence is how to observe the emotional influence of an environment and the other beings present in it without feeling like they have to accept those emotions as their own. Most empaths never really take the time to build an observational awareness of their emotional experiences or how to differentiate between what are their own emotional experience (as an influencer of the environment) and the emotional experiences of others (what they are observationally open to as influence). It’s important for the empath to appreciate and understand that for as much influence as they are able to experience and observe in an environment, they are able to provide even more influence on the environment in return. In this way, they are highly capable as emotional alchemists – a highly beneficial trait in any leader.


One of the important ways that an empath works well as a leader is by their ability to understand the “vibe” or tone of a room and to work with their awareness of how the existing emotional dynamics are either working or not working. This is especially true for creating working dynamics amongst team members and knowing what needs to be added to or removed from an environment to be able to provide for the best kind and emotional synergy and flow. This also becomes an important part of how the empathic leader is able to provide for the best awareness of mind during a hiring process because they know what kind of energy or personality type that is missing from the existing work environment.


This ability also allows them to be the most effective communicators in the room and communicate in a way that influences the environment toward its most balanced state. This is generally important in the regular daily operations of a business or organization but also becomes crucially important when a business or organization is working or meeting with and communicating with other businesses and organizations. The empathically engaged leader is able to actively observe the dynamics over the room and make better intuitive and instinctual decisions based on their emotional awareness. This awareness as an emotional intellect that also allows these leaders a certain amount of confidence and courage in their ability to know when to say no or to know when to wait for a better time with things like business deals and decisions.


Empathically aware and well-trained emotionally intelligent leaders are also able to teach those they work with how to be more emotionally engaged and intelligent as a part of their experience in the work environment and this in turn allows them to be more spiritually engaged and nourished by their work experience. Having empaths as leaders opens a new reality of more fully realizable and sustainable potential for businesses and organizations because these leaders actively alchemize and maintain a balance and flow that creates for more open and honest communication styles, more connective and cooperative relationships dynamics, more creative and inspired mindsets, and generally healthier and wealthier work environments.


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Mira Taylor, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Mira Taylor is an Integrative Therapist, Subconscious Medium & Organizational Wellness Consultant who focuses on guiding clientele toward total wellness by combining concepts of psychology, spirituality, philosophy, and sustainable life practices. Mira is a member of the International Association of Therapists and master certified in Modern Applied Psychology, Cognitive Remodeling Therapy, Subconscious Integration Therapy, Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness, Wellness Linguistics, and Archetypal Psychology.


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