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Interacting with Empathy

Knowledge Building:

Empathy is often defined as understanding another person’s experience by imagining yourself in that other person’s situation. 

Studies have shown that teams led by empathetic leaders tend to be more productive and perform better. Employees feel more motivated to contribute their best efforts when they believe their leader cares about their success and well-being. So today, let’s explore three key strategies to help leaders interact with empathy:

Strategy 1: Understand Perspectives

Take the time to understand others’ perspectives, both emotionally and cognitively. This involves actively listening and putting yourself in their shoes to grasp their thoughts and feelings.

Strategy 2: Adapt Communication

Adapt your communication style to resonate with each individual on your team. Tailor your approach to meet their unique needs and preferences, fostering a sense of understanding and connection.

Strategy 3: Balance and Channel Empathy

Find balance between empathy and detachment. Understand when detachment is necessary to maintain your well-being and effectiveness. Channel your empathy into genuine support with productive action where possible, focusing on areas where you can make a difference. Create an environment where empathy is valued, but doesn’t lead to emotional exhaustion or indifference.

By understanding perspectives, adapting communication, and providing genuine support, leaders can cultivate empathy within their teams, fostering strong relationships and a positive work environment.


Think about something you’re struggling with and how it makes you feel. Then imagine a friend coming to you with that same problem and how you’d respond to them. What differences can you identify between the two responses?


Rate your current ability to interact with empathy 1-5 (5 highest).


Prepare an empathetic response in the form of an email to a team member who has an unfortunate personal situation and will not be able to come to work tomorrow. Include a few powerful questions which will help you gain a better understanding of their perspective.