Communication and Leadership (for the Highly Sensitive Person)

If you’ve ever had to communicate with someone (?!), especially if you’re a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) this post is for you!

It’s a fascinating and wide-ranging interview with Rob Ashton, founder and CEO of Emphasis /

Rob and I have been friends for several years now, and he’s the one who turned me on to the idea of HSPs a couple months ago.

I invited him on to go deeper into that subject, and we do, but we also spent a lot of time on communication, which was great because that’s his superpower—and it’s a favorite subject of mine, too.

Anyway, it’s a little longer than I planned, but I thought it was a great conversation.


P.S. This is my first interview on the podcast. You might be able to tell. :-) Had a great time, though. Rob was a good sport.


  • Definition and traits of a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)
  • How high-sensitivity relates to leadership and communication
  • The surprising difference between written and verbal communication
  • Communication tips and insights
  • Listen to hear the full interview.


– Rob’s site: Emphasis /
– Twitter: @Robert_Ashton
– HSP website:
– HSP book:

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