ˈempəTHē/ noun, the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Whether you’re a fan or not, no one can deny that television talk show host and multi-media mogul Oprah Winfrey does possess the singular skill that is the hallmark of all good leaders.
She’s even talked about it declaring, “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.” It’s not surprising that she has been so successful, and that some have even encouraged her to run for President of the United States.
If you’ve read my previous blogs, you know that I feel strongly about the importance of empathy in negotiations. It is an attribute that sets exceptional leaders apart from the rest, and is integral to successful negotiations.