What is compassion? How to develop it?

Do you know what compassion is? Compassion is the ability to identify with various causes that affect one’s fellow human beings and to help others openly and selflessly.

People with high compassion are comfortable listening to other people’s work or personal concerns or needs, are willing to help them selflessly, contribute time and effort to charitable causes, and support and support people on their team in need.

Compassion: Caring for the needs of others

They are people who are usually aware of the needs of their team members.

Understood in a broad sense, compassionate people begin by having compassion for themselves, accepting their emotions, limitations and abilities, being respectful of themselves and properly managing their level of self-demand.

In the same way, they feel respect and acceptance for others, showing understanding and respectful with the situations, emotions and mistakes of others, showing support and support.

Compassion is a competency

Compassion is an intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligence competency as it begins includes managing and accepting oneself (intrapersonal intelligence) and understanding and accepting others (interpersonal intelligence). It is therefore related to other skills such as self-knowledge, self-control, empathy, listening and the development of others.

This competence is increasingly valued in companies, since compassionate people are usually available to attend and listen to others and understand that people need support because the suffering is real and often shared.

The way they act often has healthy effects on their teams and the people they interact with, which in turn stimulates productivity and high performance.


Level of self-demand

Reflect on the level of self-demand you have of yourself. What consequences does it have for you and your mood? How do you behave with yourself when you make a mistake?

What do you say to yourself when your projects don’t go as expected?

It is important to become aware of your current level of compassion towards yourself, in the face of your mistakes, limitations or problems. Think about how you want it to be from now on and what is the first step you want to take to change.

Level of understanding

In the same way, think about what you say to yourself when you are faced with situations of errors or failures of others. What is your level of understanding and support for these people?

How do you show compassion in your immediate environment? What would you like to change?

Think of someone in your environment who has a high level of compassion for other people. How does that person behave?

What words or gestures do they use? What behavior would you observe from him or her would you like to replicate?

Be compassionate

Being compassionate and empathetic involves imagining how one would feel in the situation the other person finds themselves in. Try that exercise mentally every time you meet or relate to people on your team or at work.

How do you think they feel? What difficulties may they be going through?

What do they value or what do they need? How can you give them more support or listening?

Increase Your Compassion

To increase our degree of compassion and understanding it is important to stop prejudging others, not to put “labels” on people or groups. Being aware of the stereotypes and prejudices we use is the first step to stop using them.

This way we can focus on people, on understanding and accepting them. Active listening doesn’t mean you have to agree.

We can understand and empathize, even without agreeing with what we hear, that is authentic and empathetic understanding.

“Remember to continue developing your talent to reach your best version”

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