Leader… or Boss?

The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you.

Being the boss does not necessarily mean you are leading. Here is a list of 10 characteristics that will help you determine if you are having a positive impact on your employees.

A Boss:

  • knows it all; a leader is always learning.
  • gives answers; a leader seeks solutions.
  • talks more than listens; a leader listens more than talks.
  • directs; a leader coaches.
  • criticizes; a leader encourages.
  • identifies weaknesses; a leader identifies natural gifts.
  • is all about “me” and “I;” a leader is all about “we.”
  • places blame; a leader takes accountability.
  • protects their ego; a leader reveals their vulnerability.
  • demands results; a leader inspires performance.

Every team has a boss, but they really need a leader.  Start leading today!

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