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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

144 EpisodesProduced by Esther LittlefieldWebsite

It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women w… read more


78: The Power of Empathy and Curiosity in Communication with Kathleen Peters [Communication Series]

In an age where we often label and stigmatize, how can we communicate with empathy? What are the benefits of knowing people who don’t think, feel, and believe as you do? And how can curiosity help you when you disagree with someone?

In this episode, I talk with author, podcaster, wife, and mom Kathleen Peters about how we can communicate with empathy.

We dive into the factors that cause division and discuss practical strategies to build empathy. If you’re wondering how you can make a difference through meaningful conversation in a culture that values polarization, this episode is for you.

Key Points Discussed:

  • Kathleen's Leadership Journey
  • The Power of Empathy and Curiosity
  • How to Communicate with Empathy
  • Leaders are Learners


Key Quotes from Kathleen in the Episode:

  • “Empathy is key to having deep relationships.”
  • “Be uncomfortable, but still stay in there. Still love people. Still engage with them.” 
  • “When we look at life through someone else’s eyes, it helps us to not be selfish.”
  • “The more I question, the more I get curious about the people around me--the more I understand about myself and the more I understand about people around me, the better I love.”
  • "Stay in curiosity. Always be in wonder of other people.”
  • “When we feel seen and heard, we are connected."


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You’ll learn how to:

  • Get the timing right
  • Be guided by your faith in hard conversations
  • Know how to approach the convo
  • Develop the right mindset
  • Use the exact words and phrases to help guide your hard conversations

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  Connect with Kathleen Peters:


Kathleen is a native Pacific Northwesterner who loves to help women develop deep connections with others by utilizing the tools of listening, empathy, courage, and vulnerability. She is the author of Embrace You: A Guide to Uncovering the Real You, the creator and CEO of the Facebook Group Straight Up Real Mamas, and host/producer of the podcast What She Wishes You Knew.  


Kathleen believes that if each woman will learn to celebrate the beautiful woman God has made her to be, show up authentically with that woman, and then practice the skills of empathy (listening well to love well) she will find the deeper connections she is desiring. 


Kathleen is not your average speaker: she’s an ex-dairy goat farmer, retired homeschool teacher, and Mini Cooper owner who regularly takes corners above the suggested speed limit. If you want her want to speak her love language, give her a steaming cup of Peet's Coffee, a Brené Brown book, and a pint of Southern Butter Pecan Gelato, please.


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