The 7 Habits of Highly Empathetic Women Entrepreneurs

You probably hear the word empathy a lot. You probably also think it means, “the fact or power of sharing the feelings of another, especially in sorrow or trouble; fellow feeling, compassion, or commiseration.” That’s actually the definition of sympathy. So what exactly is empathy?

The dictionary defines it as: “the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another.” In other words, empathy is walking a mile in another’s shoes, or trying to understand the feelings and perspectives of an individual. It isn’t pity or kindness, and it certainly isn’t treating someone as you would like to be treated. “Do not do unto others as you would have them do unto you — they might have different tastes,” says George Bernard Shaw. Figuring out what those tastes are is empathy.

  1. Talk to people…
  2. Listen…
  3. Sharpen your communication skills…
  4. Share experiences…
  5. Make people #1…
  6. Cater to your customer…
  7. Develop an ambitious imagination…

Molly Reynolds