Throughout anyone’s career whether they have worked for 20 years or 1 year they will have came across managers that are either a ‘boss’ or a ‘leader’. It is also widely recognised the differences that make someone a leader or a boss. Here are a few of them:
Short-Term & Long-Term
A manager who focuses on short term goals will find themselves unprepared and disorganised in the future. it is essential for your team to have confidence in your goal setting and targets. A leader will outline their long term goals during meetings and group tasks while listening to their team’s opinions and concerns. Sharing the long term picture with your team will allow everyone to work in harmony with the same objective in mind. When you are transparent with your staff and line out a clear plan you will gain trust and confidence from them.
Fear vs Respect
Motivating employees by fear never has a beneficial outcome. When a member of staff is motivated through fear their only focus is not losing their job. Which in turn, results in the employee losing focus of the bigger picture as they are in ‘survival mode’. However, a leader who motivates their staff with respect have the opposite affect. they find the best in people and encourage their employees to grow. People who are inspired will go the extra mile not because they have to but because they genuinely want to. When employees are inspired and motivated they are able to focus on the core values of your business. This can prove to be infectious motivating and empowering those around them.
Taking Credit vs Giving Credit
Bosses tend to take credit for a lot of things their employees do rather than acknowledge the work they put in. It is very disheartening to an employee when they have put a lot of effort into completing a task and it is passed on as their boss’ work. A leader will go above and beyond to convey their gratitude to their staff. Acknowledging people’s hard work can go a long way. It can even motivate those people to go beyond what they are asked to do out of the knowledge that it will be appreciated. You can let your staff know you appreciate their hard work through group talks or even on a one to one basis depending on your own preference.
Using vs Developing
In a lot of work environment it is an unfortunate occurrence that people will use others to get higher in the company. This is a mindset that most ‘bosses’ will possess and as a result see their staff as pawns to use to get the necessary result. However a leader will focus on their employee’s needs and will focus on aiding them to obtain their own goals while focusing on shared goals also. A leader wants to see their team excel in all areas not just themselves. If your team is growing and flourishing so too will you.
Impersonal vs Compassionate
Some bosses are guilty of focusing on results and meeting targets rather than putting their people first. Even if employees voice concerns or objections to methods they may focus on the set rule-book with the results being their main driving factor. Ignoring employees concerns and opinions can prove to be disastrous for the company in the long term. Although results are very important, including employees in the process and showing them they are valued, can be a key contribution in their development.