5 tips on how to be a Leader, Not a Boss

By Cathy Segarra, Executive Vice President | July 24, 2017
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The way you manage people shows through company image, talent retention, employee loyalty and the quality of work they provide. But there can be grand differences in each of these aspects when whoever in charge is either the embodiment of a leader or is simply being a boss. To reap the benefits of quality work and to create a positive workplace environment, follow these tips (and enjoyable GIFs) on how to be a leader, not a boss.

A Boss Drives People, But A Leader Coaches:


People look up to and have respect for a coach-like figure, but they're typically more uncomfortable around an overlord. Making demands of your employees will only cause unnecessary tension, and these sort of behaviors can ultimately develop into a high turnover rate for your organization. Instead, be a mentor and guide your employees to being the best they can be.


A Boss Inspires Fear, But A Leader Inspires Enthusiasm:


As previously mentioned, there's an uncomfrotable stigma assigned to approaching a boss. But, your employees shouldn't fear you. They should be inspired by you. Offering encouragement is welcoming and creates a cooperative atmosphere.


A Boss Uses People, But A Leader Develops Them:

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Your employees are your greatest assets. Instead of using them for your own gain, develop and train them into becoming leaders themselves. People are an investment within your company and should be treated as such. If you take the time to invest in your employees, then they will invest their time and effort to excel at their jobs.


A Boss Commands, But A Leader Asks:

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When someone is commanded to do something, then they can develop more reluctance to do the task efficiently. But if you ask your employees to do something, then they will feel less pressure and more willingness to do it with the best of their ability. Utilizing professional communication and having more a conversation with your employees will merit your more respect.


A Boss Takes The Credit, But A Leader Gives credit:


A company would not function without the little guys keeping it up and running. Give credit where it is due because, without your employees at every level, your company would never be as successful as it is today.

Having the tendencies of a boss is easy to fall into, but being a leader takes work. You must practice patience, attentiveness, and invest in your employees. Fight to pay attention every day to how you manage your employees, and the rewards that come from maintaining a leadership persona will be worth the extra effort.


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