What is empathy

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What is empathy?

Before we dive into empathic leadership, let’s first have a closer look at empathy. Empathy can be defined as ‘the ability to understand and be sensitive to another person’s feelings, thoughts and actions’. It means being able to put oneself in another’s shoes and imagine how they must be feeling in the situation that they have found themselves in, and how that is impacting them.

Looking at this definition, you might think of people you know for who empathy comes naturally. However, empathy is not only a trait. It can be a conscious value you choose to operate from, and, most importantly, it is a skill you can acquire and develop. This means that both overwhelmed empaths, and people who are not naturally empathic can actually learn to become empathic in a healthy and functional way, transforming their private and work life.


For some, empathy comes naturally, a gift they are born with that helps them easily feel and understand the emotional status of someone else. For others, the word empathy can be a nightmare, as ‘feeling other people’s feelings’ couldn’t be more absent from their skill-set than it already is. Or maybe, you find yourself somewhere in the middle. Wherever you fit on the Functional Empathy™ Scale, for both natural empaths as well as those who wish they had more of it, empathy can be a complicated and multifaceted space.

Empathy: The ability to understand and be sensitive to another person’s feelings, thoughts and actions

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What will you get out of this?
You’ll learn:

What Functional Empathy™ is

Why it matters for Leadership & Organizations
How it applies to both empaths and people struggling to adopt empathy into the way they work
Learn more about the 8 types on the Functional Empathy™ Scale
How to start using Functional Empathy™ in your work as a coach, manager or leader.