New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer
As colleagues in the dispute resolution field, we have likely participated in the ongoing, often heated debate about the role, if any, of empathy in dispute resolution. There are those colleagues who believe that empathy will only muck up what is really important, the bottom-line number and your evaluation about how to get there. On the other side of this controversy, there are seasoned colleagues who regularly use empathy as dispute resolution currency, often at the risk of being marginalized as “touchy feely” by those who don’t understand its value. To help us get past each other’s anecdotal justifications and shift to a more objective focus, I offer this column, highlighting objective research about the value of empathy in dispute resolution.
Reprinted with permission from the New York State Bar Association.