Empathy is the antidote to the barrier of Inward Focus. Empathy is about sensing another’s emotions and having the imagination to understand their situation or what they might be thinking.
The repercussions of empathy ripple out to touch much of our lives. For example, our ability to empathise determines how well we can negotiate, communicate with different people, or collaborate with others. Imagine how much of your day you spend in those activities.
As with all soft skills, empathy isn’t just a ‘nice to have’ bolt-on attribute. It is key to our success and wellbeing. And, with the rise of robotics and AI, empathy will help to future-proof our careers, being an ability that machines cannot yet replicate.
We have to have a revolution so that all young people grasp empathy and practice it. This is the most fundamental revolution that we need to get through.Bill Drayton, CEO, Ashoka