Clear your Empathy


Leading means to feel with people but not to be personally affected by the feeling. This is the difference between empathy and sympathy. With sympathy you connect with your own responses, with empathy you connect with the feelings of the others. Often empathy and sympathy are mixed feelings. This carries the danger of making the leading a mean for personal satisfaction. In clearing the empathy from sympathy


Example: Often social activists leaders come from an environment with much humiliation. If they go into sympathy they get into revenge and don't have enough energy for the cause of their followers.


© Dr. Volker Buddrus