Talent Tuesday: Empathy

What do we mean by Empathy? 

The Clifton StrengthsFinder results describe this talent theme as follows; “You can sense the emotions of those around you. You can feel what they are feeling as though their feelings are your own. Intuitively, you are able to see the world through their eyes and share their perspective. You do not necessarily agree with each person’s perspective. You do not necessarily feel pity for each person’s predicament — this would be sympathy, not Empathy. You do not necessarily condone the choices each person makes, but you do understand. This instinctive ability to understand is powerful. You hear the unvoiced questions. You anticipate the need. Where others grapple for words, you seem to find the right words and the right tone. You help people find the right phrases to express their feelings — to themselves as well as to others. You help them give voice to their emotional life. For all these reasons other people are drawn to you.”

If the above description describes you, be sure to read below for career tips and tricks tailored to your strengths!

People who are especially talented in the Empathy theme excel in understanding the thoughts and feelings of others.

Career Search Tips for Empathy Talents:

  • Look for a career where you can connect with others by letting them know that you know how they are feeling.
  • Help your colleagues be aware of the feelings of their coworkers, and your coworkers will appreciate you for your talent.
  • Develop routines at the end of each day that allow you to decompress. If you do not, you may find that at times your Empathy talents will drain you.
  • Sometimes it is important to be silent, especially in situations where you are interacting with superiors. You have the talent to let other people understand that you know how they feel without saying a word. Over time, refine your non-verbal communication skills.

Below is a video created by the Gallup Strengths Center that goes into more detail about the Empathy Talent Theme and how it can help you on your path to success!

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager