Saving You a Seat
Saving You a Seat
Apr 19, 2022
Ep.19 | Sharon Kilmartin: Empathy and Flying-Fishing: Lessons in Leadership
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Karen sits down with Sharon Kilmartin, Area Manager for IHG Hotels Group.

Sharon is a world-class executive in the hospitality industry and has a heart for leadership. She discusses how to embody the power of connection through empathy and listening deeply in a way that inspires others. Her stories about leading through the pandemic are illustrative of how to process emotions during challenging times. Our conversation exemplifies how pivoting helps to create life-changing bonds with those we lead so they can soar.

Sharon shares her love of fly fishing, which helps her to connect to God, while also serving as a metaphor for leadership. As she tells stories about standing in the river, she encourages listeners to find their own “fly fishing”: something that brings inner peace to their hearts, balance to their lives, and insight into self.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • About the connection-pillars: Listening Deeply, Exhibiting Empathy & Connecting Consciously
  • How spending time in nature enhances our emotional wholeness
  • Tips on how to create environments that help people to soar

To find more on Sharon, visit

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