Empathy as a life changer

“All leaders, male or female, innately possess feminine qualities like empathy, candor and vulnerability —the difference lies in which leaders choose to suppress those qualities, and which choose to leverage them as strengths.”

~John Gerzema, CEO of The Harris Poll

Empathy enhances your relationships and boosts your success—whether you’re a business leader, spouse, friend, parent or even a child.

Sadly, it’s often the missing link in communication, both at work and at home, according to Simon Sinek, visionary leader, inspirational speaker, and author, as shared in a recent interview with Maria Shriver.

He explains empathy as a choice. Rather than get defensive or stonewall someone, you put your feelings aside for a moment and allow another person to feel heard. He calls it “holding space” for someone, and he wants everyone in a company to develop that skill. To him, leadership is defined simply this way: “Leadership is the awesome responsibility to take care of those around us.”

To do so, we must be open to hear others’ feelings and, when one is struggling, respond with “Tell me more” and take time to listen.

To learn more about the ways the workplace is changing and how leaders can respond, please join my colleague, Haven E. Carter, and me, for our presentation on “Innovating Leadership for the Evolving Workplace.”

It’s a FREE HYBRID EVENT at Frontier RTP (Research Triangle Park) in Durham, N.C., and on Zoom. For those who live locally, come in-person, and enjoy 30 minutes of networking beforehand, along with a free lunch.

All others (yes, my friends in Boston and elsewhere in the country ) can watch via Zoom. Be sure to note on the registration link below whether you’ll be attending live or online.


And for parents, grandparents, and anyone caring for young children, please tune into my recent podcast below with Michelle Abraham of Blissful Parenting, where I share more about teaching kids the importance of learning empathy, and other skills for high, self-esteem.

Just click on image below to hear the podcast.

We can all choose to keep our focus on creating a kinder and more caring world. And that means giving ourselves empathy and compassion for all we have gone through, and are growing into, as more evolved human beings.

I love this quote from Robert Bly:

“It is not our job to remain whole. We came to lose our leaves like the trees, and be born again, drawing up from the great roots.”



Special thanks to Patty Duffey for her creative eye and photo above to represent blooming into the NEW.


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