The probable reason this speech from Simon Sinek about empathy had such a profound impact on me is my own difficulty with superiors in organizations I was a part of.
I could only excel in ability when my seniors where out of the way.
To give an example of this. I was once part of a Scientology pilot course where we were trained to communicate in a perfect manner. The pilot course was a complete failure yet Hubbard created a course in communication that would enable anyone doing this course to handle any life situation with communication alone. Absolute nonsense as you will understand when you read on.
We were in training on this pilot course 10 hours a day 7 days a week for the better part of 9 months. We were with 300 students in one giant classroom. There were around 5 supervisors. The supervisors themselves were unable to get through the pilot course.
Hubbard was following our progress through videos that were send to him when he was hiding out on his top secret location. It was when the supervisors were unable to get anywhere, and in fact became students as well, that I started to accelerate above all 300 students and supervisors.
For a while I was the only one that could get another student to communicate perfectly natural. Even the supervisors came to me for help. So I coached the supervisors as well. What I did with them to get the final result was not part of their training at all. And it never became a part of the communication course that was brought out to the general public. Yet it was extremely successful.
From the 300 students only around 30 got to the expected result. I would consider this pilot course an absolute failure. Not Hubbard he just went ahead and created his course putting the scientology training in jeopardy at all scientology organizations.