Empathy is probably the most important skillset to develop.
It is more crucial than curriculum and instruction, by far (Episode 6 has the research).
The dictionary says empathy is
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
That’s a great definition for everyday usage. However, for principals and school leaders, there is a deeper, more nuanced definition of empathy.
Empathy is a leadership strategy. It is the one strategy that unites and empowers. It has several characteristics:
- Situational awareness
- Seeking to understand
Most importantly, empathy can be learned. It can be practiced, and when practiced in your school, it will shape your school culture.
PS – If you’d like to read or hear 6 ways to build fearlessness, read here about Episode 6: Empathy.
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