And we’re certainly not alone in this way of thinking.
“I love that [empathy] is part of the conversation in a leadership podcast,” said Monica Loewen, Minister of Community Engagement at the Evangelical Free Church of Lethbridge, on the latest Leading With Nice Interview Series podcast. “I love the heightened focus on these soft skills, for lack of a better term. Empathy, it’s the ability to feel with someone, to sit in their feelings with them. You’re not trying to fix them. You just want to let them know that they’re seen, because deep down, that’s what we all want, isn’t it?
“We want to be seen and recognized for who we really are. And that’s tough at the best of times, and even more so in a workplace. Too often, we look at this as a weakness, but I mean, let’s be real. Everybody’s got stuff going on, and we’ve got feelings about it. I think 2020 taught us that. We all struggle, and we struggle in different ways.”
Throughout her career, Monica has charged head-first into new opportunities and challenges where she foraged new paths — sometimes for herself and sometimes for the organization she was leading. In this episode of the Leading With Nice Interview Series, we speak to her about how to do this the right way and also the value of empathy in blazing new trails.
Check out the podcast below.