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Boss Vs. Leader

7 Lessons on Leadership

Boss Vs. Leader

Katia Arias No Comment

Let me ask you directly, whom do you consider a true leader? And, what does he or she do that make you feel that way?

Today, the entire world is talking about leadership. From the Church, to universities to companies, everybody is looking for people who can move the masses, reach organizational goals and maximize efficiency, all in a humane and influential manner.

Slowly the concept of the “know-it-all” boss is losing momentum and being replaced by a “lead-behind-the-curtain” guidance. No surprise, this new approach has yielded better and more sustainable results, and here is why:

 

  1. Passion goes further than fear

When a company is ruled by a culture of fear: efficiency, creativity and quality diminish.

A boss is constantly insulting or mistreating employees, demanding results and setting unrealistic expectations. This in turn, leads to stress, resistance and silence, making employees question their personal and professional abilities.

A leader, on the other hand, seeks to inspire employees and makes them feel passionate about their job. A true leader encourages participation and praises new ideas, leading to faster and brighter results.

K. (n.d.). The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://advice.kalibrr.com/boss-versus-leader.html

  1. It is not what you say, it is how you say it 

As you’ve probably heard, it is 55% body language, 38% tone & 7% words.

When a leader addresses employees, he/she seeks to start a dialogue. Instead of commanding, he asks. Instead of putting down a person, he questions ideas and offers alternatives. A leader would never demean a person and would want to use his/her words to inspire.

A boss, in contrast, yells, insults and threatens. He usually sets him/herself to a monologue and is usually not open to listen.

When employees feel like their superiors address them with respect they are more likely to respond with their best. And, as a study from the Science Nordic suggests, the way managers address their employees is one of the top causes of workplace depression.

 

Source: advice.calibrr.com

K. (n.d.). The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://advice.kalibrr.com/boss-versus-leader.html

  1. Recognition is inspiring

When bosses take credit of their employees’ work, it diminishes trust and motivation.

Leaders understand the power of recognition, honesty and respect, hence why they always give their employees credit for what they did. Leaders consider themselves part of a team, understanding that the team’s results are a consequence of every individual’s work.

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Admiration = True authority

Going back to the initial question …do you admire the people you consider leaders? Do you feel so wowed by these people that it instantly inspires you to follow them and –if you could, be part of their team?

When a person is genuine and kind it attracts others and earns their respect. When there is respect, people see leaders as role models they wouldn’t want to disappoint.

If  a boss is mean and demeaning, respect, in turn,is lost. Employees will follow out of fear and will not be inspired to go the extra mile.

 

Source: www.lifehack.org

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Using vs. Developing

When people are constantly imposed to do things, knowing they will get no credit and will bare all the responsibility if it goes wrong…they feel used.

Leaders, unlike plain bosses, seek to develop their talent. Instead of hiring disposable slaves they hire colleagues, people they can transfer knowledge to, teach and help grow.

Source: brightside.me

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Humanity for Humans

 Leaders focus on people before they focus on processes. A leader understands that workers are humans. That’s why they set reachable goals, realistic expectations and go hard on the team when things are easy but go easy on them when things get tough. This increases motivation, decreases stress and yields better results.

Bosses, in contrast, treat people like machines and believe them to be replaceable in case of burn out. This attitude leads then to high attrition rates, weaker teams and lower quality work.

Source: brightside.me

The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. (2015, June). Retrieved from http://9gag.com/gag/a0Lm5pQ

  1. Leaders love to row with the team

And finally, leaders don’t arrive at the office late and leave early.

To build respect, coach their teammates and yield results, leaders consider themselves part of the team with all that implies. They abide by company rules and values, participate constantly in team meetings, and are available to help at any time.

Source: content.timesjobs.com

K. (n.d.). The Difference Between A Boss And A Leader [Infographic]. Retrieved from http://advice.kalibrr.com/boss-versus-leader.html

Whether you are a leader or a boss is never to late to change or keep improving. If you are interested in becoming a better leader, stay tuned for our next post on the top 10 leadership courses in the world!

 

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