Boss vs Leader

Are You A Boss Or A Leader?

“Great leaders inspire greatness in others” ― Lolly Daskal, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

BossVsLeader-AgnesMwilaCoachMany people think of themselves, joke about, or call themselves “the boss” of a team or company…but is that what you really want to be, especially when this is the definition of a boss?

“A boss is a person who exercises control, a dominating person,one who exercises authority”

Wouldn’t you rather be someone who helps develop his/her team to be efficient, productive and successful…a leader?

““Great leaders don’t just know the sweet spots of their people. They tap into and unchain the infinite potential imprisoned within their people…” ― Assegid Habtewold, The 9 Cardinal Building Blocks: For continued success in leadership

What is the difference between a boss and a leader?

A leader enjoys watching his team develop good ideas and skills that will benefit the team and the company, creates confidence, motivates and helps make work enjoyable.

Whereas a boss is someone who thinks that his ideas are the only ones that need to be be adopted and carried out, creates fear and often makes work feel like drudgery.

How you can become the best leader for your team…

  1. Begin by recognizing that you are no better than the team you have responsibility for and have been chosen to lead.
  2. Almost equally important as #1 is developing good listening skills. Listening is so much more than just hearing…
    1. Listening is an active part of the conversation in order to gain new insights and information.
    2. A good listener doesn’t interrupt the person speaking or be thinking of what he can say next…listen with intent.
    3. A good listener will recognize that there can be great value in what is being said.
  3. InspireNotMicroManager2-AgnesMwilaCoachYour goal should be to inspire those who follow you. As you delegate the tasks, (the work is not for you to do alone), that need to be done, it’s important to:
    1. Explain the task, but do not micro manage.
    2. Follow up with your team to encourage and lend assistance when appropriate.
    3. Give sincere praise when a task is successfully accomplished.
  4. Treat everyone equally…this is where diversity training and skill becomes very important.
    1. Remember, everyone, no matter their differences, is important.
    2. If one of your team seems to be having a difficult time, your goal should not be to point out inadequacies, but rather to be a mentor, and encourage teamwork among co-workers…success is a team effort!
  5. Recognize that commanding your team is not effective. When you delegate a task…
    1. Rather than give a “hard, fast” deadline, discuss what would be a realistic timeline to target for completion.
    2. It may be helpful to discuss the importance of getting the job done.
  6. If you aren’t necessarily a patient person…develop patience.
    1. No matter how good of a leader you are, adversity will rear it’s ugly head, things will go wrong, people will make mistakes…keep calm, be patient and with your team or team member, work out a solution.
    2. Allow for mistakes, we all make them, even you as the leader – have an environment where people are not in fear to try, because they are in fear of what happens if they fail.
  7. Be the example.
    1. Follow the company’s rules and policies.
    2. Do the same tasks, even the unpleasant ones, that you expect your team to do.
    3. Just because you’re the leader doesn’t mean you have the freedom to slack off in getting the job done.
    4. Don’t gossip about team members.
    5. Be honest with your team.
    6. If the team needs to work late, their leader should be found working alongside them.

If your goal is to become a better, more effective leader – Please contact me  at 425-879-1677 or email me from my Contact Form.

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