Are you a boss or a leader? There is a big difference between the two. Being promoted to management doesn’t mean you understand the best way to do the job by leading your team. Why does this matter? Because employees still leave their jobs primarily due to a bad boss or a bad cultural environment. With retention a problem in most companies, here’s how you can become a better leader for your team.
What’s the Difference Between a Boss and a Leader?
A boss and a leader are two distinct roles with significant differences:
- A boss seeks to control their team.
A leader aims to inspire and empower their team.
- A boss seeks to get work done above all other things.
A leader focuses on achieving goals but also developing and supporting team members.
- A boss gives orders and expects them to be done without question.
A leader communicates in a way that inspires input and feedback from their team.
- A boss makes decisions unilaterally.
A leader seeks their team’s input and opinions and encourages participation in decision-making.
- A boss demands respect just from having the title.
A leader earns respect.
If you’re coming down more on the side of being a boss but want to be a leader, this next section will give you some actionable tips to change your management style.
How To Be a Leader, Not a Boss
Being a good leader doesn’t happen overnight; it is a process of self-improvement. Here are some tips to help you on your way to leadership:
- Communicate clearly and regularly with your team. Stay open to feedback and questions.
- Lead by example and model the behaviors you want others to employ.
- Develop your team by investing in training and development opportunities. Provide regular feedback and set goals with them (not for them) to help them improve.
- Encourage collaboration and teamwork. Create an environment where everyone feels comfortable sharing ideas, opinions, and feedback.
- Set clear expectations for your team. Make sure everyone understands what is expected. Work together with your team to reach goals and milestones.
- Celebrate these wins. Recognize their hard work publicly and privately. This will boost morale and engage your team.
- Adapt and change with good humor and grace. Listen to feedback and adjust your style accordingly. You are on a journey of self-improvement.
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