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Daily Leadership Thought #66 – Empathy Matters

Life can be difficult at times.  Whether it is business related or not, the people around you need to know you care about them.  This doesn’t mean you have step out of character or assume a new personality, but instead find your own way to let them know you appreciate what they are going through.  Your actions can be subtle or more direct.  The more important thing is that the emotional support genuinely represents you. 

It also doesn’t matter what you think regarding the relative significance of an event or struggle.  Individual experience will always begin as subjective.  One person’s mountain is another’s mole hill.  Life is simply harder for some people and its best to accept rather than resist this reality.  However, empathy doesn’t mean enabling a victim or “woe is me” mentality.  It means I care about you and what you are going through.  In the end we are all taking this journey of human existence together and accepting our common humanity makes the ride less bumpy…


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