21st Century Impact Entrepreneurs

Please embrace and practice = Self - Awareness + Humility + Empathy as these enriching, empowering, courageous and amazing qualities are in short supply.

How further will you go in your thinking and actions, to take it further?

1. Self-Awareness

Self-aware entrepreneurs speak with candor, admit their mistakes, thirst for constructive criticism, exude a quiet confidence with consistent feedback loop. How many of today’s startup founder’s or your leadership team leaders exemplify this behavior?

The confident entrepreneur is self-aware of their customer’s needs + delight, their company’s team culture, respect partners and keep up with the rapid changes that occur in their industry.

Self-awareness is the foundation of emotional intelligence, which differentiates low performers from high performers in a variety of fields, 
and if it’s lacking at the top, it’s likely that the whole organization is affected.

Listening to your inner voice is the surest path to self-awareness, and this is the cornerstone of all social and emotional intelligence.

Self Awareness is having a clear perception of your values, personality, needs, habits including strengths, weaknesses, thoughts, beliefs, motivation, and emotions. Self Awareness allows you to understand other people, how they perceive you, your attitude and your responses to them in the moment.

The first step towards self-awareness is to recognize and be open about the things that cause stress, anxiety, and negativity in your life. From there, it’s possible to accept that sometimes you’re just plain wrong. One of the most admirable and useful traits for entrepreneurs is the ability to admit your mistakes and move forward. The difference between arrogance and confidence is self-awareness for true entrepreneurship.

Self awareness is one of the attributes of Emotional Intelligence and an important factor in achieving success because emotional intelligence, which refers to the ability to understand both ourselves and others, has become one of the most desirable competencies, especially in 21st century impact entrepreneurial leaders.

Self awareness is developed through practices in focusing your attention on the details of your personality and behavior. When you become more self aware you instinctively begin to see aspects of your personality and behavior that you didn’t notice before.

Practicing self awareness, leads to consciousness, the proper awareness outside of one’s true self. This dynamic practice empowers its practitioners to fully embrace joy and purpose beyond task and obligation. It mitigates painful thoughts and emotions. Being self aware provides a new venue for the mind to free itself from imposed limitations and harnesses the power of dynamic and meaningful connection with others in all facets within one’s life.

Emotional self-awareness is the ability to tune in to your own emotions “in the moment,” be able to name these feelings accurately, connect them to their sources, recognize how they impact your effectiveness in life, and finally be able to use these emotions as a valuable source of insight and information about yourself.

To perfect your entrepreneurial journey, the best place to start is self-awareness. With a sense of who you are and a vision of the company you want to become in the marketplace, a plan for professional or personal development can be created. Moreover, self-awareness allows you to motivate yourself and manage your stress better, helps you with your intuitive decision making, and helps you to lead and motivate team members more effectively.

Entrepreneur Life is only as good as your mindset and you have tremendous power to affect the lives of humans around you.

When entrepreneurs have self-awareness, they are easy to coach and able to build high-performing teams. And high self-awareness has not only been linked to high leadership performance, but also to rich mental well-being and positive behaviors.

Build something amazingly amazing; humans may imitate it.
Champions aren’t Born. They’re Made

Old thinking: people think born this way, some unclear limited perspective. 21st Century thinking: With great determination + focus, made new innovative way. During self-awareness phase entrepreneurs can overcome from born this way (what others think) → positive shift made to new scalable way with holistic teaching and continuous learning approach.

2. Humility

We learn humility through accepting humiliations cheerfully — Mother Teresa

Admitting to ourselves that we are bound to err is humbling. But in the business world, where showing confidence and competence are the norm, 
having humility may be what gives the entrepreneur an edge.

In 21st century, I believe humility is the basic building block that enables high proficiencies in critical thinking, innovative thinking and high emotional and social intelligence capabilities.

I believe humility as a value-enabling concept. Within the context of startup, a humble impact entrepreneur is more likely to recognize social and environmental needs, identify new and innovative entrepreneurial opportunities to address those needs, and to more effectively implement a triple-bottom line venture.

Humility is having a realistic view of your strengths and weaknesses. A realistic assessment of one’s own contribution and the recognition of the contributions of everyone who made it possible, along with collaboration that made one’s own success possible. Humility also involves having a balanced awareness and appreciation of self and others as compared to a strong appreciation of self.

Humility enables more open-mindedness, better reflective listening and more effective collaboration — all of which are necessary for high-quality 
critical and innovative thinking and high emotional engagement with others. Humility is the 21st century gateway to thinking, listening, emotionally engaging and collaboration.

Because humility allows for thinking about the self less and others more, it also enables empathy, which is critical to the emotional engagement endemic to the processes of 21st century entrepreneurship and meaningful innovation.

3. Empathy

Be truly empathetic and expand your empathic potential

Empathy is a key element of Emotional Intelligence, the link between self and others, because it is how we as individuals understand what others are experiencing as if we were feeling it ourselves.

Empathy is, at its simplest, the ability to step imaginatively into the shoes of another human, aiming to understand their feelings and perspectives 
that very moment with active listening, and to use that understanding to guide our actions. That makes it different from kindness.

Empathy is a two-way street that, at its best, is built upon mutual understanding — an exchange of our most important beliefs and experiences.

It’s about sharing vulnerabilities and an emotional connection. To truly practice empathy, you have to share your own inner landscape with someone else as they reciprocate.

Empathy goes far beyond sympathy, which might be considered ‘feeling for’ someone. Empathy, instead, is ‘feeling with’ that human, through the use of proper true imagination.

I believe we can make empathy an attitude and a part of our daily lives, and thus improve the lives of everyone around us. It is all about creating positive impact with vibrant energy to uplift lives with genuine heart.

Wanna expand your empathy? Yes, we can by cultivating curiosity.

Curiosity expands our empathy when we talk to people outside our usual social circle, encountering lives and worldviews very different from our own.

Cultivating curiosity requires more than having a brief chat about general how are you doing. More importantly, it tries to understand the world inside the head of the other human. Listening is one of the most effective ways you can demonstrate empathy to other people. When you are practicing active listening, you are listening with purpose.

Another way to expand empathic potential is use your imagination. A good imagination is one of the cornerstones of showing empathy towards something. You’re not going to be able to experience every single thing that can happen to a person, but you can use your imagination to give you an inkling of how it might feel and use that understanding to empathize with them. Actively imagining what someone else might be suffering can help you empathize with them.

Entrepreneurs, too, should be ambitious with their empathic thinking. I believe that in an era of rapid technological change, mastering empathy is the key business survival skill because it underpins thoughtful business, successful teamwork and true meaningful leadership.

Empathy is core to building healthy relationships with team members, clients and partners.

Let’s bring the benefits of empathy to the workplace — which include amazing collaboration, teamwork, leadership and creativity — then it’s essential to create an empathically attuned workforce with very high levels of emotional intelligence. A good place to start is for empathy tests to be part of job recruitment processes and a must requirement for every hire and at all positions.

The 20th century was the Age of Introspection, when self-help and therapy culture encouraged us to believe that the best way to understand who we are and how to live was to look inside ourselves.

The 21st century is the Age of Empathy, when we discover ourselves not simply through self-reflection, but by becoming very interested in the lives of other humans to make a positive difference by thinking differently to help accomplish amazing outcomes.

We need to embrace empathy as a beautiful thriving entrepreneurial value system to create a new kind of revolution in human history.

Every day of your life is an opportunity to create empathy. Reward Empathy With Empathy!!!

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About The Author

Vince Kohli is the Founder of Future of Empathy. You can connect with him on Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Would you like to incorporate empathy into your professional and personal life ? I would love to hear from you!!!

For more deeper insights on Empathy + impact entrepreneurship + how you can make sustainable + meaningful scalable impact in your own community feel free to reach out @ VinceKohli@gmail.com.

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