The Hidden Prerequisites of #Empathy

As I am preparing for my next workshop on empathy, I immerse myself in my reading books, articles, business cases, as well as discussions with my clients and social network. And these discussions triggered a big and loud astonishment.

 

What is empathy to you? What are the skills needed? What does it take to have empathy?

 

Throughout my discussions, I realized how much the term is misused, and how much it is inappropriately owned. To my disarray, empathy became a general characteristic, a popularized notion of just being “nice”, similar to the sticker primary teachers give for their children’ good work.

 

In the reality of the situation, people overlook the basic competences that build empathy.

 

To be empathic first requires some basic work on the you within yourself.

So prior to opening your social radar, check empathy’s prerequisites:

  • Self-awareness of your emotions and how they impact your behavior

  • Know your values and align your goals to them

  • Acknowledge your strengths

  • Acknowledge your weaknesses

  • Use experience for self improvement

  • Be self confident in your capacities and values

  • Manage your disruptive impulses and emotions

  • Hold your judgments and check your assumptions

  • Show integrity and honesty

  • Be dependable and responsible in accomplishing your obligations

  • Be flexible to change and challenges

  • Be opened to innovative ideas, approaches and new information

These skills contribute to firstly building your emotional self-awareness; by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, discover your values and aligning them to your goals. And secondly to manage yourself, and assessing how your emotions impact your performance, your ethics, your judgments, and being opened to new ideas and change.

 

 

Mastering these personal skills will provide you solid foundations to understand other people’s perspectives and feelings, develop others, be opened to gender and cultural diversity, and have good sense of political awareness.

 

We all to a certain extent have some of the competences of empathy, however, acknowledging and working on these prerequisites will allow you to reach a level of empathy natural leaders have.

Based in Geneva, Switzerland, International Coaching Solutions provides 1 on1 coaching and workshops.

 

For further advise, feel free to contact me +41765955560 and visit my website. www.internationalcoachingsolutions.com info@internationalcoachingsolutions.com

I will be glad to hear from you.

Shermeen

 

 

 

 

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