Empathy and Emotional Leadership
Anyone within a company can be an emotional leader. Set an example and live by it.
We are all connected via numerous stimuli on a subconscious level, whether it be through body language, pheromones, or “emotional energy.” Our prefrontal cortex contains “mirror neuron” cells that enable us to learn from and empathize with each other.
How does this apply to your business? Positive environments increase your employees’ satisfaction, resulting in high productivity. Negative environments are contagious…and possibly lethal, for the same reasons.
Our brains are hardwired to make the most efficient use of our time and energy. When your brain notices a repeating pattern of synapse activity, it saves “RAM” by saving that sequence, calling it when conditions are right.
It’s this wiring of the brain that encourages both healthy productive thought processes as well as negative downward spirals and self fulfilling prophecies. If we have a few bad days, it’s easy to get into a rut. That rut turns into a dark period, and before you know it, you have lived your life as a negative person.
By strengthening conscious positive feedback loops in your brain, you can live a happier healthier life, and ultimately, be a more useful and satisfied asset to your company.