Can Therapy Help You Be a Better Boss?

Can Therapy Help You Be a Better Boss?

By Abhishek Rungta July 20, 2016 - 1,830 views

Therapy can be a very useful tool when it comes to managing your life. It helps you declutter your thoughts, naming your emotions and learning about your strengths and weaknesses. Most importantly, psychotherapy provides you with an added advantage of being able to wade through the stresses of life, better than those who do not seek therapy.

In this article, let us take a look at how psychotherapy helps you become a better boss, making you more popular among employees, while also helping you make them work more efficiently.

1. Therapy helps you build empathy

One of the all hallmarks of psychotherapy is being able to love ourselves, and accept ourselves for who we are. Therapy also teaches us empathy, a quality that helps you understand how others might be feeling. When you develop empathy, you will be able to understand the problems and concerns of your employees, without they having to be explicit about it, or without you having to rationalize all their problems. This empathy will help you make policies that are more employee-friendly, making you a better boss.

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2. Therapy helps you introspect

Another important quality of therapy is that it helps us to introspect and look within ourselves. When we look within ourselves, we become more in tune with our strengths and weaknesses. This helps us gain valuable wisdom that is required to handle employees and things at work in general. Certainly, when we are introspective, we can also find solutions to many of the problems that are caused by us, at work, though we may not want to admit. Good bosses always own up to their mistakes.

3. Therapy makes you assertive

A good boss needs to be assertive, and not aggressive. Most people confuse being assertive with being aggressive, which makes them behave rudely to their employees, thus destroying their motivation to work. When you are assertive and communicate what you want effectively, your employees will begin to respect you. This is one of the reasons why assertiveness training and social skills training are deeply embedded within the practice of psychotherapy.

4. Therapy makes you productive

Last but not the least, when your own issues are sorted out, you tend to become more productive. When you are productive, you tend to be more amiable and kind towards your employees. This in return helps them to become productive too. Psychotherapy sets off a chain of good things that ultimately improve the lives of everyone at work if you decide to make it a serious part of your life. There is nothing more important than your own productivity when it comes to becoming a good boss.


Certainly, psychotherapy isn’t just for those who are suffering from mental illnesses, but also for everyone who simply want to improve their lives. A better analogy would be exercise and dieting. Exercising and dieting are important for everyone, though it is more important for those who have health issues. If you are already healthy and are still going to diet and exercise, your skin looks better, your body turns more attractive and endurance builds. Similarly, psychotherapy helps you reach your full potential, even if you are already a psychologically well-adjusted individual. Indeed, psychotherapy helps you to become an effective boss.

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