As an entrepreneur, one must be able to distinguish the meaning between a boss and a leader. If you want to find out who you are, then your choice from the following questions will determine your trait:
- How do you perceive your team members to be? Individuals that you must put up with forcefully for completing everyday activities.
- Do you honestly enjoy working alongside with your co-workers for attaining the goals and objectives?
If your choice is (a), then you are more like a boss; on the other hand, if the choice is (b), you’re more of a leader material.
Being an entrepreneur as well as a psychologist for a really long time, I have figured out that teams directed by bosses generate lesser output compared to the one directed by leaders. And this is the perfect article for the ones who wish to be the perfect leader.
Respect and love people
A good team leader must be able to find pleasure in working alongside with his/her subordinates, while also appreciate their good deeds, regardless of its size to make them feel worthy about themselves. The right leader always celebrates with others during the good times, as well as weeps during the bad days with the same people without deserting them.
Guiding is better than controlling
Becoming a control freak eventually leads to a high possibility to turn your subordinates deviants. That means, forcing people to perform tasks they are not willing to make may accomplish tasks, however, not impeccably. Therefore, as a leader one must construct the underlying foundation first, then empower their teams for accomplishing tasks, by guiding them throughout the process if needed.
Bosses are considered to be less adaptable and unwilling to consider changes. They prefer to stick to the old ways of accomplishing tasks without considering anything new that may also serve the objective(s). Leaders, on the other hand, understand their employees and set their expectations accordingly by highly prioritizing the individuality of the employees.
As a leader, I entrust my employees for carrying out certain tasks which were my responsibilities in the past. This judgment requires time to fully understand the credibility of the chosen one, leaving almost no room for a mistake. Bosses, on the contrary, find it difficult for entrusting others. They will hold onto their roles and responsibilities no matter how strenuous their role becomes. (Of course, I check on my entrusted employees on a regular basis).
Provide credit and recognition
Needless to say that human beings do feel the need of appropriate recognition as well as a reward for performing rewardable deeds. Therefore, it is the duty of a rational leader to recognize the good deeds of the employees and address them to higher authorities for further encouragement. A true leader is also ready to take the blame on himself when the time comes if he’s the one to be blamed.
Bosses usually motivate their employees through fear, by stirring a sense of apprehension among them. Leaders oftentimes know what truly ignites the employees, and it’s definitely not the same for everyone. The leaders will also celebrate successes, regardless of how big or small they are with their employees; thus, binding their relationship stronger and better.