Who are you? A Boss or a Leader?
A BOSS…takes credit, commands tasks, generates fear, says I, drains people and knows how it is done.
A LEADER…gives credit, ask tasks, inspires enthusiasm, says we, helps people grow and shows how it is done.
Being a “leader” does require more effort – you are not only working towards the end goal, but you are focused on teamwork, empowerment and helping your team grow along the way
Your team is learning and growing as a team, growing from mistakes and getting credit as a team for what they have done.
I have also learned much from the “boss.” Much of what I learned is what I try NOT to do each day with my teams. A boss is someone who is at the center of attention while a leader is someone who brings the entire team to the center of attention.
I learned many things from both, but was able to accomplish more, be more motivated and grow as an empowered team member under the leaders.
Which one are you?