“Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”. – Theodore Roosevelt
Before discussing the importance of empathy in leadership, let us know what empathy means:
Daniel Goleman, the author of the book Emotional Intelligence, says that empathy is the ability to understand others’ emotions.
It is the ability to understand how a person is feeling and what they might be thinking. It makes us better communicator by helping us deliver the information in a way that best reaches the other person.
To build an emotional connection with others, Emotional empathy plays a vital role. It is the ability to share the feelings of another person.
It moves us to take action and help others however we can. It goes beyond sharing and understanding feelings.
To know in detail about the types of empathy and their importance, click the below link:
It explains what is meant by each of these types of empathy. It also explains how and why it is possible to demonstrate one or more of the three types of empathy, yet still come across as uncaring. Read in detail, click here.
Studies carried out by Development Dimensions International (DDI) proves that empathy is the biggest single leadership skill needed today.
With the increase in the feeling of hatred for one other, it is very important to understand the feelings of others, build a connection and act accordingly especially when it comes to leadership. We can not make a good leader with a lack of empathy.
Being empathetic allows leaders to help struggling employees improve and excel. When you understand the problems faced by your employees and solve them, their trust in you increases and it strengthens the relationship between employees and leaders, thus pushing them to do their best for you.
Empathy creates bonds, it also shows that you care, value and understands others. It help leaders understand the root cause of problems and work accordingly. When your team feels like they are valued, cared, appreciated, they become more productive. It gives them a sense of not being just an employee, but an individual that you have affection for.
Get a detailed idea of is empathy the future of leadership? Click below:
By stepping outside themselves, empathetic leaders are often great communicators and relationship builders. Think about someone who really took time to help you grow. They were most likely an empath.Read more, click here.
It is important to not mistake understanding and sharing feelings for being emotional. Leadership is not the outbursts of emotion, but the self-regulation of it. Read more, click here.
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