Evidently, Hamilton, the new musical, is the hardest ticket to get on Broadway. It’s been called a once-in-a generation experience. Lin Manuel Miranda — the composer, lyricist and lead of the show recently told the story of how Hamilton came to be on National Public Radio. Miranda shared how his love of hip-hop and an invitation from President Obama led to the creation of this hot new musical. Miranda also discusses the challenges of telling a story of slavery, power, and influence. He reveals how he grappled with asking a very diverse cast to play slaveholders. He comments “empathy only gets you so far when you are dealing with a system of brutality.”
This quote struck me because there have been so many conversations about empathy in the press lately. Brene Brown’s video on Empathy has over a half a million views. People are talking about Empathy. Even Harvard Business Review did a piece on empathy. I often work with leaders who have “Empathy” as one of their top five strengths in the Gallup Strengths Finder tool and they strategize how to leverage empathy as a leadership quality.