They’re more effective because they can put their empathetic impulses to the side when they need to.
…It isn’t a zero-sum game. Effective communicators don’t lack empathy altogether; on the contrary, they work with others respectfully in order to get things done.
So this year, help treat the modern empathy epidemic by choosing to prioritize results over harmony. Acknowledge and embrace your empathetic emotions, but make honesty your primary mission. After all, the very people your empathy engine is trying to protect are the ones who will thank you, not for being nice, but for helping them be the best colleagues they can be.