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Bossy VS Leading Like a Boss

Bossy VS Leading Like a Boss

Entrepreneurs may be brilliant at their business, but don’t always have the skills to manage or supervise others effectively. Does your company have high turnover rates for employees? Do you have a tough time feeling like employees are trustworthy or engaged in the company vision? Are employees afraid to make mistakes rather than try new things? Maybe the problem isn’t with them. Perhaps it’s with your management team, or even with you, the owner. 

Are you a “Boss” or a “Leader?”

Think a boss and a leader are the same thing? Think again. Check out these major differences in philosophy and actions between the two, and decide which you are.

  • Putting out fires vs sustainable solutions – Bosses make demands in order to put out fires. Bosses tell employees what to do with little discussion. It’s their way or the highway. Leaders work with employees to find long-term solutions and plan for the long haul. 
  • Authority – A boss relies on their position of authority. They say phrases like ”I’m in charge” to establish their right to control. Leaders may have no power or authority of position, but rely on their positive influence to get things done. Leaders are easier to follow because employees respect them.
  • Emotional vs Sensitive – Are you an emotional boss who understands the industry but doesn’t know how to talk to your employees? A leader is a people expert who specializes in conflict resolutions. They don’t create conflict; they solve problems, while a boss often leaves emotional upheaval in his or her wake.
  • Responsibility – Bosses blame others and are quick to punish or put down. Leaders take responsibility for results. They also recognize that mistakes or failures of others still have value and use them as opportunities to further develop employees. 
  • Success – A boss demands that employees perform, driving them with numbers and task lists. Bosses push employees in order to drive the boss’s own success; they yearn to be recognized as a success. A leader helps others succeed. A leader appreciates and is motivated by the success of others and takes pride in seeing them rewarded. 
  • Accountability – A boss must hold employees accountable. They create “Do Lists” and require redundant accountability reports which add to work load and stress, which is the definition of micro-management. Leaders develop self-accountability by growing an employee’s confidence and passion. Their employees develop inner desire for the company to succeed and easily hold themselves accountable.
  • What they want  – A boss always wants to be your boss. A leader develops leadership skills in others in hopes their mentees will surpass them at leading. Leaders create legacy by developing other leaders. Bosses want to always be in charge, and are threatened by others that show leadership abilities.
  • Motivation – Deep down, a boss is motivated by fear, and regularly builds fear in their employees. A leader is consistently motivated by passion and vision for the company, and in turn, builds confidence in employees who they’re training to lead while imparting vision to them.

Whether you have 100 employees or work out of your home using virtual assistants, how you lead your team matters. Reducing employee turnover saves time, effort, frustration and money. Bosses have turnstile, disposable employees. They micromanage and eventually lose their best people who will look for leadership elsewhere. Leaders build a team that sticks with your company through bad and good times. Don’t be a boss. Lead “like a boss.”

Posted on July 29th, 2020 by Client Advocate Team

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