As you can imagine, this answer is going to be different for everyone - that's one of the many wonderful things about directing and producing : there are many paths one can take in their career.
Having said that, my favorite part of my profession is the gift of being able to grow and use my "empathetic muscles" through the art of storytelling. Every time I set out to tell a story, I learn more about other people and I get to share that with an audience. My experiences are pretty limited (a situation we are all in), but there's a huge world out there filled with so many people with radically different backgrounds, experiences and mindsets. I get to facilitate the telling of their stories and in the process, I'm always learning more about the human experience and condition and - I'm getting to share that with an audience.
Story is, in my humble opinion, one of (if not) the most powerful tools for sidestepping potential bias and activating empathy.