The nurturing of empathy

Thank you for such an interesting post, Jorge. As a coach who works with many leaders perceived to be abrasive,I am interested in this topic too. I see empathy as a skill that is often missing in these clients; it is as if they lack emotional sonar and somehow do not pick up social cues, causing distress in those around them. In most cases, although not all, it is not malicious intent that is behind the behavior, but a lack of education about empathy, something that, as you say, can be developed if the "right conditions" are present. In working with adults, I have found that a change is often possible provided that they see the blind spot, they care enough to want to change their behavior, and they are taught the skills. Part of nurturing the capacity for empathy may also involve identifying and removing blocks that hinder its expression. I agree with you that learning the skill of empathy early in life would not only serve individuals better at home, but would improve all their relationships, creating a better world. Thank you your thoughts on this important topic.


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