Are you a “Boss” or a “Leader?”

I believe there’s a big difference between being a “Boss” and a “Leader.”

You’ll hear people call themselves “the boss” but very rarely does anyone call themselves “the leader.”

To me, declaring yourself “the boss” is similar to screaming “I’M IMPORTANT” out the window of your apartment to random passerbyers on the street.

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Someone who is capable and focused on climbing the ladder, someone who works hard, mainly for themselves and who believes that the people underneath them owe them their time and hard work.

Leaders seem to possess a sense of keen self awareness that allows them to be a quieter type of person. Someone focused on a bigger goal which is bigger than them, and someone who views the people working for them as valuable assets, a team of dedicated individuals whom without, their dream or company would be unmanageable.

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The difference is one way of thinking is simple and easy and the other way is harder and much more work. And this is why: Leaders know their people. People are complex; they aren’t just what is listed on a resume, or recommended by a professional reference.

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People have dreams, passions, skills, talents, they grow, they change, they need, they want.

Leaders not only understand this, but they take the time to really understand the people on their team- discover who they are, which is a lot of hard work. It involves a lot of asking, and a lot of listening.

Leaders know that taking the time to devote to understanding the other people they are working with is important because life is not just work.

Leaders see the “big picture.” The big picture always involves more than just a single person. The big picture is that life is not just your oneself, or your own personal work. The big picture is life- which includes many other people. Life is family, its relationships, friendships, love, its exploration, its experiences, it’s a roller coaster, and work is just a part of it. A leader understands that each person they are accountable for is living their own unique, complex life- full of their own unique struggles, passions, disappointments, successes and hopes. This is important because when you lose sight of the big picture you end up shrinking your world when in actuality you want to expand.

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Leaders lead by example. Leading by example doesn’t mean that every day at work you are flawless, it means that every day you are at work you are honest, you try your best, you are sincere, and never give up. A good leader can have a bad day, but won’t let those bad days get them down in the long haul, they never lose hope. A good leader admits mistakes, takes accountability, honors their word, and respects others.

Respect is something that bosses seem to believe their employees owe them instantly, just based off some hierarchy put in place to create a sense of structure. But leaders know that respect is not only a two way street and something that every person is owed, but also something that is earned and can be lost. Leaders don’t talk down, or shut down people working with them- they don’t use their authority to belittle others to build themselves up. They don’t see value in silencing people they may disagree with. Because the rare, intelligent, and talented people won’t follow a leader who breaks them down or disrespects them forever. People of value won’t stick around and let you beat them down, they will leave. And true leaders know that no one can accomplish anything alone.

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Leaders know how to communicate. They can do this because they know their people, they see the big picture, they respect others and therefore they can easily communicate their thoughts and feelings to others who are looking to them for answers or advice. They don’t manipulate. They can explain things clearly. They know how to actively listen, they can make tough decisions, they can handle problems or concerns with sensitivity and awareness. They are direct, they are positive, they are firm and they are never all-knowing. They are thoughtful and they are honest when speaking to others.

  1. Leaders have imagination and can laugh.
  2. Leaders have swept the floor, they aren’t above anything.
  3. Leaders say thank you.
  4. Leaders are FAIR.
  5. Leaders reward hard work.
  6. Leaders take action.
  7. Leaders appreciate.
  8. Leaders observe and learn.
  9. Leaders can be anyone and everyone.

SO ALL OF YOU READING THIS WHICH SIDE ARE YOU?

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BE A LEADER

 

Via Jennifer Marie Donahue

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