Leadership And Empathy

“Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.” – Oprah Winfrey 

I came across this quote in Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind. In his book, Pink outlines the six essential aptitudes on which professional success and personal fulfillment now depend. One of which being empathy. I find this quote to be remarkably truthful and inspirational. Empathy is an essential characteristic of any successful leader and allows us to better understand the worldviews of those we interact with. An empathetic leader empowers her followers and inspires them to leverage their intellect and passion.