Empathy & Compassion
"Empathy represents the foundation skill for all the social competencies important for work."
Dr Daniel Jay Goleman (Author of "Emotional Intelligence")
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Atticus Finch to his daughter in "To Kill A Mockingbird" - Harper Lee
At Beacon, we recognise that without empathy and with it, the ability to imagine ourselves in the shoes of our colleagues, clients, opposing parties or judicial officers; we cannot be truly effective listeners, communicators, team-members, negotiators or litigators. Thankfully, empathy is a skill that can be acquired and at Beacon, our work with our Pro Bono Partners in assisting the underprivileged greatly aids us in this area of self-development.
"Empathy is the essential building block for compassion." (Dr Daniel Jay Goleman) At Beacon, we believe that compassion not only nurtures a kinder work environment but also makes us better lawyers who genuinely care for our clients and at the same time care enough for ourselves not to lose ourselves in our clients' suffering, which could diminish our effectiveness as advocates for our clients' causes.