Most people believe the terms such as “boss” or “leader” are interchangeable. To each term a behavior is assimilated which affects your team’s motivation and responses. The best results have been observed in team where the boss is in fact a leader.
So, how do you become a leader?
- Like your team
You can be efficient if you don’t like working with people. Employees aren’t things, but actual people with unique personalities, talents and competences. As a leader you have to enjoy helping people succeed.
- Guide your team, don’t control it!
Bosses have a tendency to having to control everything, while leaders trust their teams to do great things if well – guided and supported, rather than being constantly controlling -. Establish a working structure that keeps your team motivated and supported.
- Be flexible
Bosses have a tendency to being very rigid in the way they act. Leaders on the contrary understand that they have to adapt to the group’s different personalities. They are able to understand and value each team member, as well as rethink their leadership skills and adapt when necessary.
Bosses might think they delegate, but because the never trust anyone 100% they never actually entirely do. On the other hand, leaders are known to fully delegate. They assign tasks and let things get done (even if they keep an eye on the overall).
- Accept failure and Celebrate Success
Bosses love getting all the credit for success and reject any failure. Leaders know that success is a team’s work, so they tend to keep their ego down and share the pride. They also stand up to take responsibility when failure happens.
- Opt for Risk
Bosses avoid risk at all cost, they fear failure and prefer playing it safe. Leader on the other hand know that the biggest successes came out of taking big risks. Leaders encourage their teams to try new things, and when failure happens, they see an opportunity to perfect.
- Motivate the troop
Bosses tend to be impressive and scare their staff. Leaders on the contrary have the knows-how to motivate their troop and getting each individual’s spark to get going. Try motivating the most discreet personality in your team or the one with the less self-confidence.