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HBR: Becoming Powerful Makes You Less Empathetic

Few people actually aspire to become like Emperor Palpatine in the way they manage employees. Yet, after you electrocute that first guy, you realize it has happened anyway. Lou Solomon writes for Harvard Business Review that receiving power “actually interferes with our ability to empathize,” according to assorted research.

The Emperor is Not as Forgiving as I Am

Ability to read emotions decreases, in addition to being unable to adapt to other people’s behavior, when you are given power. Solomon finds that such changes in your perception occur in small doses over time, such as granting yourself some special treatment or not inviting others to help you in your decision-making process. The only way to prevent this from happening to you is to regularly ask for feedback from others, both at and below your level of authority. In order to stay self-aware, Solomon recommends asking yourself questions such as, “Do you demand privileges?”, “Do you invite others into the spotlight?”, and “Are you the same person at work, at home and in the spotlight?”

For more tips to stay true to your real self, you can read the full article here: https://hbr.org/2015/04/becoming-powerful-makes-you-less-empathetic

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