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Empathy is not only an important ingredient but also an indicator of one’s emotional intelligence. Elaborate.

Topic: Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.

6. Empathy is not only an important ingredient but also an indicator of one’s emotional intelligence. Elaborate. (250 words)

Reference:  Economic Times

Why the question:

The question is based on the importance of empathy as a factor of Emotional intelligence.

Key Demand of the question:

Explain how Empathy is not only an important ingredient but also an indicator of one’s emotional intelligence.

Directive:

Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with the definition of Empathy and emotional intelligence.

Body:

Briefly touch upon the concept of empathy and thereafter elaborate on how empathy is the most important component of being emotionally intelligent.

Empathy is the ability to communicate (send and receive messages) and lead by understanding others’ thoughts, views, and feelings. Empathy has long been established as a cornerstone of emotional intelligence. Empathy is the most important aspect of EQ. It is the component of EQ that equips the government servants to address the problems of underprivileged in the society. In a society like India where stereotypes are abundant, empathy can help a civil servant understand the problems of society in a better manner. Empathetic listening is powerful because it gives us a picture of what is going on with others. When we quit forcing our thoughts and desires onto others, it allows us to re-experience what others are truly thinking and feeling.

Give examples to justify the same.

Conclusion:

Conclude by highlighting its importance.