25 Great Articles on How to be Empathetic

February 7, 2010 by
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Empa­thy enables a per­son to estab­lish a con­nec­tion with oth­ers and is nec­es­sary for mutual inter­ac­tion and full com­pre­hen­sion of the expe­ri­ence. It is prob­a­bly one of the most impor­tant aspects of being a leader in every sit­u­a­tion. With­out it, a per­son is vir­tu­ally guar­an­teed to become out of touch with the envi­ron­ment, he or she is in. With­out empa­thy, a leader can­not lead. With­out empa­thy, a per­son can­not be in any type of mutu­ally ben­e­fi­cial rela­tion­ship. With­out empa­thy, a per­son is basi­cally ask­ing to be com­pletely alone in life.

Have you ever wished to be more empa­thetic in order to become a bet­ter leader? In order to have a bet­ter rela­tion­ship with a friend, loved one or colleague?

There are many great and free resources about empa­thy avail­able. Here are some great arti­cles, posts and videos that talk about empa­thy and it’s impor­tance in lead­er­ship, par­ent­ing and rela­tion­ships

  1. 5 Tips for Empa­thetic Lis­ten­ing — Really a quick read from Step­case Life­hack on the five sim­ple steps one can use to be more empathetic. 
  2. Are You Empa­thetic or Sym­pa­thetic? — A brief post by Rob­bie Miller Kaplan (author of the book “How to Say It When You Don’t Know What to Say”) on how he words sym­pa­thy and empa­thy are often thought to be the same, and yet they are dis­tinct expressions. 
  3. Avoid­ing the Five Pit­falls to Becom­ing an Empa­thetic Lis­tener — A very con­cise arti­cle about why more peo­ple are not bet­ter empa­thetic listeners. 
  4. Being a Good Manager/Mom: Be Empa­thetic — Quick post from Sarah Rot­ten­berg who describes it well by say­ing that a recent post got her “think­ing about what I think it takes to be a good man­ager. And I think it’s sim­ple: be empathetic.” 
  5. Empa­thetic Voice Improves Doctor-Patient Com­mu­ni­ca­tion — Doc­tors who use an empa­thetic voice with patients can elicit more infor­ma­tion about their health prob­lems and encour­age them to stick to their treat­ment regime, a Monash researcher has found. 
  6. Empa­thetic Under­stand­ing and School Lead­er­ship Prepa­ra­tion — a paper writ­ten by Diane Ketelle and R. Pete Mesa, Mills Col­lege. Suc­cess­ful lead­ers seem to share one thing in com­mon – empa­thy. The authors posit that empathic under­stand­ing is foun­da­tional to leadership. 
  7. Empa­thy and Show­ing Empa­thy — Inter­est­ing arti­cle descib­ing the impor­tance of empa­thy in lead­er­ship positions. 
  8. Empa­thy is in Our Genes — a quick read from the Thain­dian News web­site cit­ing a few research stud­ies on the topic. 
  9. Empa­thetic Cus­tomer Ser­vice — a short arti­cle on how empa­thy played such an impor­tant role in the last­ing of one of America’s suc­cess­ful com­pa­nies of it’s day. 
  10. Exer­cise in Cre­ative Class­room Man­age­ment — How to Become a More Empa­thetic Teacher – The title speaks for itself. 
  11. Gandhi’s Neu­rons: The Prac­tice of Empa­thy – Arti­cle by Bruna Mar­t­in­uzzi on 
  12. How to be an Empa­thetic Lis­tener – arti­cle on steps for being a bet­ter lis­tener with empathy. 
  13. How Empa­thetic are You? — Inter­est­ing arti­cle with a link to a test where one can deter­mine their Empa­thy Quotient. 
  14. How to Prac­tice More Empa­thy in Your Busi­ness Man­age­ment — Some­times it’s hard to be a busi­ness man­ager, espe­cially when you are in dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions with your employ­ees. One of the impor­tant things that you need to exer­cise in these dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions is empathy.
  15. How to Teach Your Kids to be Empa­thetic – A story post from the web­site “Effec­tive Par­ent­ing” that gives a good exam­ple of the results of teach­ing empa­thy to a child.
  16. Make Empa­thetic Lis­ten­ing your Super Power — a very good arti­cle on being empathetic.
  17. Mir­ror Neu­rons – Video of dis­cussing a recently dis­cov­ered sys­tem in the brain that may help explain why we humans can get so worked up watch­ing other people.
  18. Prin­ci­ples of Empathic Com­mu­ni­ca­tion — From Lead­er­ship Uni­ver­sity, an item­ized sum­mary of “Habit 5 — Seek First to Under­stand, Then to be Under­stood” from Stephen Covey’s “THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE”.
  19. Resilience: Com­pas­sion and Empa­thy — The qual­ity of your rela­tion­ships, and not the quan­tity of them, is what mat­ters for you in terms of your emo­tional resilience. One of the attrib­utes that dif­fer­en­ti­ates peo­ple with higher qual­ity rela­tion­ships from peo­ple with lower qual­ity rela­tion­ships is their abil­ity to be com­pas­sion­ate and empathetic.
  20. The Art of Empa­thetic Lis­ten­ing — an arti­cle by Gian Fiero, an edu­ca­tor, speaker and con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in busi­ness devel­op­ment, career plan­ning, and per­sonal growth issues.
  21. The Ben­e­fits of Empathic Lis­ten­ing – an arti­cle with some good guide­lines for under­stand­ing and being a empathic listener.
  22. The Car­ing Child: How to Teach Empa­thy – Good arti­cle of giv­ing a child a head start in hav­ing the abil­ity to be empathetic.
  23. Three Steps to Empa­thetic Lis­ten­ing — Often­times, peo­ple are too busy, they don’t make the effort, or they sim­ply don’t know how to lis­ten empa­thet­i­cally to oth­ers. And it is because of this that peo­ple have dif­fi­culty get­ting in touch with their feel­ings and they har­bor neg­a­tive emo­tions about others.
  24. What’s Empa­thy Got to Do With It? — a very good arti­cle by describ­ing empa­thy in detail along with ten lead­er­ship tips on being more empathetic.
  25. What is Empa­thy? How to be Empa­thetic – Very short and con­cise arti­cle by Gwen­dolyn Cuizon on empathy.

If you know of other good arti­cles on the sub­ject of empa­thy that you believe some­one else needs to read or know about, share it with us in the com­ments below!

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