As a reminder, just as lighthouses are powerful lights used to avoid dangerous areas; lighthouse principles are powerful beacons to guide successful people in all endeavors in life. They rise above so that they can be easily detected and used to navigate any situation involving the specific principle. If you choose to ignore the principle then you run the risk of running aground and preventing yourself from moving forward. You will find out how critical they are if you live your life in contrast to the principles. This is the tenth and final in a series of blogs that are dedicated to highlighting the 10 principles that spell out L-I-G-H-T-H-O-U-S-E
Empathy is defined as the ability to sense others’ emotions and feelings, along with the ability to think of how someone else may be feeling. Another definition is that empathy is the ability to step into the shoes of another person, intending to understand their feelings and perspectives, and to use that understanding to guide your actions. Successful people use empathy to help understand others and build connection with them. It is about having and using emotional intelligence.
Successful people know the many benefits of empathy such as being more likely to treat people you care about the way you would like to be treated. You better understand the needs of people around you. As a Lighthouse Principle it is closely aligned with Understanding by clearly understanding the perception you create in others with your words and actions. Successful people experience less interpersonal conflict; they learn how to motivate those around them and more effectively convince people of their point of view. It is easier to deal with negative people because you can better understand their motivations and fears through empathy.
Empathy is a choice and it how successful people move forward. Empathy creates stronger bonds of connection and creates an environment where there is less judging and more about being curious about the other person.