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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy | Leadership | Scoop.it

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
irislearning's insight:

nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man's character, give him power ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Verica Markovic's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:17 PM

Etude intéressante, mais à nuancer.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:52 AM

Not surprising but still needs more exploration by authentic leaders, the key is that one can overpower the tendency to quelsh empathy in their roles. But it is not easy nor is it often truly understood.

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:05 PM

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people, and power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."

 

A powerful statement.  How can we keep focused on connecting to others so we don't become less empathetic?

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What Kind of Leader Are You?

Your employees might have you pegged, but how well do you know yourself?
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know thyself! ... an interesting guide for leadership self-reflection based on your beliefs about motivating people

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Do You Recognise the 5 Early Warning Signs of Ineffective Leadership?

Do You Recognise the 5 Early Warning Signs of Ineffective Leadership? | Leadership | Scoop.it
Your leadership qualities are the first, and perhaps lasting, impression you make on people. Get things wrong and you're likely to derail your chances of ever leading a high performance team. Why? ...
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it's all about (self) awareness

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The New Age Of Disruption

The New Age Of Disruption | Leadership | Scoop.it

Old notions of change management no longer work because it is not assets we need to leverage, but networks.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, HR Trend Institute, Gary Bamford, David Hain
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are you prepared for (further) disruption? ; )

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Jose Carlos Favero's comment, September 26, 2013 8:16 PM
We must also consider gen-c, the new age of knowledge workers who are shaping the future of business. here's an article I wrote regarding gen c http://kminaction.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/the-future-of-km-understanding-c-generation/
Pascale Mousset's comment, September 27, 2013 12:34 AM
Thanks very much for your so good article Jose Carlos Favero about KM management and the C-generation. I scoopIt ;)
Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, October 21, 2013 8:50 AM

right!

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Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy

Why Powerful People Just Don't Get Empathy | Leadership | Scoop.it

If your boss is a jerk, there might be a scientific reason for it. A new study suggests feeling powerful dampens the part of the brain that helps us connect with others.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, David Hain
irislearning's insight:

nearly all men can stand adversity but if you want to test a man's character, give him power ~ Abraham Lincoln

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Verica Markovic's curator insight, October 1, 2013 10:17 PM

Etude intéressante, mais à nuancer.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:52 AM

Not surprising but still needs more exploration by authentic leaders, the key is that one can overpower the tendency to quelsh empathy in their roles. But it is not easy nor is it often truly understood.

Chris Brown's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:05 PM

"Whether you're with a team at work [or] your family dinner, all of that hinges on how we adapt our behaviors to the behaviors of other people, and power takes a bite out of that ability, which is too bad."

 

A powerful statement.  How can we keep focused on connecting to others so we don't become less empathetic?

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Accelerating and Sustaining Leadership Power: Developing a Culture of Coaching

Accelerating and Sustaining Leadership Power: Developing a Culture of Coaching | Leadership | Scoop.it
Organizations are increasingly looking to develop leaders who are good coaches—and to create a broader culture of coaching that can accelerate positive business impacts.

Via Riaz Khan
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good businesses invest in coaching for leaders ... great businesses invest in coaching leaders to coach themselves and others

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17th Annual Global CEO Survey: Transformation - developing tomorrow's workforce: PwC

17th Annual Global CEO Survey: Transformation - developing tomorrow's workforce: PwC | Leadership | Scoop.it
PwC’s CEO Survey examines how CEOs are dealing with one of their biggest challenges today: finding and securing the workforce of tomorrow.
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your people are your ultimate catalyst ... or constraint

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Use the Pacesetting Leadership Style Sparingly

Use the Pacesetting Leadership Style Sparingly | Leadership | Scoop.it
The hallmarks of the pacesetting leadership style sound admirable. The leader sets extremely high performance standards and exemplifies them himself. He is obsessive about doing things better and
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yes - sometimes its best to lead from behind 

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Why Executive Teams Shouldn't Write "Culture Decks" - Cheryl Morris

Why Executive Teams Shouldn't Write "Culture Decks" - Cheryl Morris | Leadership | Scoop.it
Business bloggers at Harvard Business Review discuss a variety of business topics including managing people, innovation, leadership, and more.
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Be Careful With Those Words

Be Careful With Those Words | Leadership | Scoop.it

Our words are like a bell that has been rung. Once the words are spoken, they cannot be unspoken. Once the bell has rung, the ringing resonates in our soul long after the bell is again still.


Via AlGonzalezinfo, David Hain
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are you words true? kind? helpful? necessary? ... choose wisely and speak with care

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John Michel's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:01 AM

 Our words are more powerful than anything. We can choose words that develop or destroy a person. When we build up one another, we reward ourselves with stronger relationships. The next time you need to correct another’s actions, remember to be careful with those words.

David Hain's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:27 PM

Absolutely!

Sigrid de Kaste's curator insight, September 25, 2013 4:08 PM

So very true and yet so many people and particularly in business, owners and managers, use words without thinking about their long term effect on the receiver