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Unapologetically Sensitive

We explore how sensitivity weaves itself into our lives; the richness that it adds, and the strengths we have BECAUSE of our sensitivity--and some of the challenges it poses as well. You may learn to live a bolder, brighter life.

Feb 16, 2021


Leadership Skills that are innate traits for the Highly Sensitive Person (HSP)


Dr. Catherine Zeisner 


Dr. Catherine Zeisner describes what she calls competencies of good leadership.  We talk about thriving, resiliency, authenticity, self-advocacy and the value of sharing one’s feelings. We relate these competencies back to how the Highly Sensitive Person is innately wired, and how these skills show up in relationships with our partner, co-workers, friendships, families and in parenting in addition to leadership roles.


  • Empathic
  • Good listener
  • Humble
  • Believe in the team/trust
  • Lead by example
  • Motivate
  • Adaptable/flexible
  • Compassionate
  • Decisive
  • Consistent
  • Problem solver
  • No bias
  • Positive
  • Kind
  • Are a learner/genuinely curious
  • Respectful
  • Inclusive
  • Resourceful
  • Passionate
  • Service oriented

3 components for resiliency

  1. Physical
  2. Have a confidante (someone who sees you, gets you, and that you trust)
    1. Patricia’s add on: you can have all the feels, and we can hold the tension between feelings like anger, frustration, disappointment, and what we can control, and what we’re grateful for
    2. It’s not an either/or, it’s a both/and
  3. Positive Disposition


Dr. Catherine Zeisner is a proud Canadian scholar practitioner who believes the best in education is right around the corner. As an assistant professor at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, Catherine teaches graduate students, is a published scholar and teaching award winner. 

Catherine believes all students can learn and all teachers can thrive in our diverse educational settings. Catherine knows relationships are the key to school success by bridging the gaps between what’s needed and what’s possible. “Anything is possible if you have the right people in the right room at the right time, focusing on the right things.” 

Dr. Zeisner has a very simple message for educators around the world…PUSH UP! Behaviours that respectfully challenges the status quo, engages a wide community, and gets others to think differently. The kind of difference that provides success for students’ tomorrow, today! 


Patricia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Coach.  She knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, and truthteller.  Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a sense of self-compassion.  She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other HSPs know that they aren’t alone, and that being an HSP has amazing gifts, and some challenges.  Patricia works online globally working individually with people, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors us 


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