If you want to lead your team to unprecedented levels of success, it’s important to develop your skills as a leader as well. It can’t all be about pushing your employees to become better versions of themselves — you have to become better at leading them, too.

One skill that leaders sometimes overlook is the ability to empathise with others, especially your own employees. This is especially true when it comes to leaders that have risen to success via their strong technical skills, not necessarily their ability to network their way to the top of the corporate ladder.

Empathy is the ability to recognise others’ emotions and then put yourself in that person’s shoes. Easy ways that you can begin to empathise with your employees include:

• Learning how to read the room and other’s emotions

• Practising appropriate nonverbal communication

• Learning how to communicate with emotional individuals and bring their energy to a suitable level for the situation and workplace

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