Whether you are an individual contributor or a manager, practicing empathy, compassion and self-compassion is a good idea during stressful times. It seems to me that all of us are experiencing a raised level of underlying stress and uncertainty right now making us all the closer to anger and frustration. Demonstrating empathy can be a powerful way to help yourself and others manage these times we are in.
Empathy is a skill that allows you to experience the world from another person’s perspective, even if you don’t agree with it. It is being able to emotionally read others without judgement. It is about being able to show care and concern for others, non-judgmentally. Empathy is not simply being nice to others. Neither is it the same a sympathy. Demonstrating empathy will help you turn an adversarial situation into a collaborative situation. Showing someone else empathy and compassion, invite empathy and compassion in return and can go a long ways to making relationships more meaningful.
What can you do to show empathy and compassion? What can you stop doing that brings on conflict?
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