The effects of empathy on salesperson effectiveness
Empathy is often described as a trait possessed by successful salespeople. Empirical studies that have uncovered a positive relationship between empathy and sales have failed, however, to use empathy measurement techniques deemed appropriate in counseling‐ psychotherapy, the field where most research pertaining to the empathic construct has been conducted. The research reported in this article examines the relationship between a salesperson's empathy and sales performance by using one of the most clinically acceptable empathy measurement instruments: The Barrett‐Lennard Relationship Inventory. The empathy levels of salespersons were determined by new‐car customers. Sales representatives' empathy ratings were then compared with their sales performance. The results of the research contradict the a priori assumption that empathy is positively related to sales performance. Copyright © 1992 Wiley Periodicals, Inc., A Wiley Company
Dawson Jr, Lyndon E., Barlow Soper, and Charles E. Pettijohn. "The effects of empathy on salesperson effectiveness." Psychology & Marketing 9, no. 4 (1992): 297-310.
Psychology & Marketing