Empathy is the ability to imagine yourself in another person's shoes and see their world as they see it. Empathy in sport is about trying to understand the views and feelings of a coach, competitor or team-mate without judging whether you think their views and opinions are right. Empathy along with warmth and genuineness are necessary for openness and communication between a coach and an athlete and between an athlete and other members of the team.
Empathy gives you the ability to read other people—your competitors, your team members, your partner, and your manager. It enables you to gauge how other people are feeling, and it enables you to respond appropriately. Empathy is about noticing small signs that signal how other people are feeling that enable you to gain a competitive edge when you are competing.