Showing Empathy

This is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling. There are 3 types of empathy:
Cognitive: Understanding the other person’s feelings. Seeing another person’s perspective. More simply, imagine how it feels to walk in the other’s shoes.

Emotional: Feeling distressed along with the other’s pain – a contagious emotional experience. Sharing an emotional experience.

Compassionate: You not only understand a person’s predicament and feel with them but are spontaneously moved to help, if needed.

Empathy is a core leadership trait that helps you nurture a team. Empathetic leaders are perceptive, and they are aware of other’s feelings and thinking. Being empathetic does not always mean agreeing on other’s views, but appreciating and have a willingness to understand.

I like what Oprah Winfred says about this: “Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.”

Have you been showing empathy?

Who can you be empathetic to now?

What can you do in your next interaction to reflect empathy?

How can I become better at showing empathy?