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Are You a Boss or a Leader?

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Believe it or not, there IS a difference! Understanding that difference will help you become a better manager and in turn, a better business owner.

Bosses want it to be known that they are the ones in command and tend to handle their employees by using intimidation and fear.

Big decisions need to be made all the time in business, and while being decisive is necessary and important, it doesn’t mean you have to insist on making all the decisions on your own without input from your team.

This kind of mentality makes employees feel undervalued, like they have no useful contributions to make and their opinions don’t matter. In turn, they will not put in the extra effort you want them to for the company because they feel disconnected and underappreciated.

1. Leaders motivate

Instead of making demands  of how things will be done, the leader asks for input and then provides a vision that others are eager to get behind because they see their own ideas and input reflected in it.

 Leaders then give the team the tools, the confidence, and the support they need to do their best work.

2. Leaders are an open-book

Bosses usually only tell employees things they “need-to-know” .

Leaders understand that people want to be valued. They want to know that their hard work and ideas are recognized and appreciated.

3. Leaders don’t play the blame game

They take responsibility when things go wrong and give their team all the credit they deserve when things go right. Leaders roll up their sleeves and get to work. They don’t just sit in an office, they make themselves available to offer support, or to jump in to help with the work.

4. Leaders respect the opinions of their employees.

Leaders care about the opinions and ideas of the people on their team. They encourage their team to express their thoughts without fear of criticism or judgment.

Who are some of the leaders you have worked with, and what qualities did they have that made them such a great leader to work with? 

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