High sensitivity is a gift, a critical asset for great leadership

Hyper sensitive person (HSP) is an official term characterised primarily by heightened sensitivity to external stimuli. It is also considered a disorder and mostly shunned off with responses such as “toughen up”, “don’t overthink”, “don’t be over sensitive” etc.

High sensitivity is also associated is with feelings of overwhelm, need for alone time daily like food and water, strong preference for processing the information before responding – traits commonly associated with introverts.

15%-20% of the people are HSPs with varying symptoms and degrees, a lot of them extroverts.

Simply put, hyper sensitive people think and feel things more deeply. This is not due to any defect, just the way their genetics are wired

All personality types have their challenges, so do HSPs. But HSPs strengths in the deep capacity to channel their focus with precision, making thoughtful choices, sparking rich insights in brining ideas to table outweigh the challenges and in many cases strong intuitions. Most importantly because HSPs feel things so deeply and these strong internal experiences make their brains neurodiverse, making them great advocates and allies for important causes

Another term for HSPs is high functioning sensitives and now it is time to say Hi, I am Simran Jindal and I am a hyper sensitive person

25 Years ago, Elaine Aron, Ph.D., who brought the term Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) to the forefront in 1996 with her groundbreaking book, The Highly Sensitive Person. Dr. Aron’s book has since sold over a million copies, and has been translated into 17 languages. I got my hand on the book and read it earlier this year. Firstly, I don’t know if anyone else since then have even attempted to write on this subject as extensively and well researched as Elaine Aron, Ph.D.

The book gave a refreshingly positive view on what makes HSPs great leaders

  1. HSPs are emotionally connected with their teams, by that it means they are naturally inclined and genuinely interested in knowing people as people. This makes not only close to their teams, but also have a very good view of everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and how to pair them up for collective success
  2. HSPs like to process and think though things. This keeps them in the background and they naturally allow space for all voices to be heard. It mattes to them sincerely that the voices and concerns of their teams are heard. HSPs do all facilitation with suave.
  3. HSPs innate ability to feel deeply, process richly, and patiently, they consider the right words and actions for the moment. They do this naturally.

Keep Leading…

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