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Thursday 18 January 2018

Empathy is 'the single biggest predictor of innovation' - leading psychologist tells Pendulum Summit

Dr Martyn Newman PHD speaking at the Pendulum Summit 2018 at the Convention Center .
Dr Martyn Newman PHD speaking at the Pendulum Summit 2018 at the Convention Center .
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Self-confidence and self-reliance are key to good leadership, according to Martyn Newman, PhD.

Speaking at today’s Pendulum Summit in Dublin, Dr Newman, who is a clinical psychologist specialising in emotional intelligence and mindfulness, said that in the companies which he had worked with, including Sky and Network Rail in the UK, the company leaders scored above the average on emotional intelligence.

The leaders scored really high on the skills of self-reliance, with the highest score on the emotional intelligence scale being self-confidence.

“When you decide to lead it’s all about can you grow other people. When you meet them [top leaders], you feel refreshed because you feel they have something to offer you,” Dr Newman told the audience.

“As a leader you need to find ways to motivate people and inspire them to change.”

Dr Newman went on to say that empathy was the single biggest predictor of innovation that his research had found.

“No skill will improve your leadership brand to sell and inspire more than empathy, and it is very hard to develop,” he said.

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