Empathy Is the Lifeblood of Creativity. Here’s How Artists From Delacroix to Mickalene Thomas Have Channeled It in Their Work

Maria Brito

Empathy is the key to thinking differently, a cornerstone of creativity in entrepreneurship and elsewhere. Fostering diversity in companies, teams, and partnerships and developing multiangle perspectives is essential to creativity, and it all starts with empathy.

We cannot feel exactly how another person feels, but we can try as much as possible to be on their wavelength and imagine what they might be experiencing. Empathy is the ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. If authenticity is a habit nurtured from the inside out, empathy begs us to take the outside in.

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