Leadership and Empathy – Day Five

Written by Mathieu Yuill

January 24, 2020

Empathy is hard. In this episode, we discuss a few points of awareness you should have as you seek to increase your capacity for empathy.

 

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Good day and welcome to the Leading with nice daily im Mathieu Yuill, and this week we are looking at leadership and empathy. Well, it’s Friday. So this is the last day on this topic and I want to talk about the cost of empathy because while it is a great tool and definitely one, you should look to increase your capacity in as a leader, you need to realize that empathy does have some effects, some issues that might cause to hurt you as well, if not being aware of them or not checking them. And the first is empathy can actually be mentally exhausting. It takes a lot of work to get into somebody else’s emotions and see things from their point of view in a real way. So I want to encourage you as you seek to grow your empathy, also seek to grow. Your ability to take rests, have alone time, recharge, and have a quiet time.

The second thing I want to encourage you to do is split up your work. Split up the time you’re taking to be empathetic because I would argue empathy at, she does have a limit. You cannot be empathetic every hour of every day. So if you are more empathetic with person A, it might leave less empathy for person B. So with that in mind, if you know you’re going to be in situations where you need to really use this empathy muscle, split that time up, use it with person A, it takes some time to recharge and then use it for person B. And do not feel bad about that. You’re just being a smart leader.

Well, that’s all for today. It’s Friday. So no homework for more on this topic, visit a leadingwithnice.com where we want to help you inspire others, build loyalty, and get results. Talk to you on Monday.

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