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
  • Authenticity
  • Fearlessness

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.