1. Building authority.
The Leader position is based on authority. She/He must create the image of a person who has both: the necessary knowledge, experience and motivation for his own team. A leader is not afraid to take responsibility for
his mistakes, strengthening its position within the group. Because in the end "power" is an attitude, not a job title.
2. Risk is always in the package.
The boss usually takes a defensive posture, meaning, if he doesn't take action, in the end it can be a disaster or the beginning of a series of problems for the company. Leader behave differently. He knows that the greatest successes come from thinking outside the box, even when you have some risk. In the end, the motivation to take on new challenges makes the team more capable of handling any problem. And if something goes wrong afterwards, a good leader is not afraid to take responsibility for the results.
3. Remember that everyone is different.
Another feature that distinguishes a boss and a leader is their level of respect. The employee is not just a machine, doing his job only for money. This attitude can be the beginning of the end! The leader must know their team, accept its diversity, but also use their amazing potential. Knowing the personalities and capabilities of everyone helps to better to delegate responsibilities, increasing the effectiveness of the activities!
4. Motivation - YES! Do not fear!
A good leader knows how to motivate his own team. Threats such as losing work, overtime work or budget cuts are not the solution, but the boss often makes use of such as solution. Fear paralyzes people instead of making them motivated. What makes a good leader? He asks, helps and gives advice.
5. Control is not the only way.
Each boss feels an inner need to control his employees, while the leader directs them and offers support their decisions at every stage. Because the most important part is the effect, and the employee finds a method that guarantees the fastest achievements. This will happen only when you have the freedom to achieve the objectives and when/if problems arise, the leader will be there to reach out, offer to assist, advice and will continue to motivate.
6. The vision and the direction of action.
A leader also has a different way to manage their project. A boss will plan everything alone, spreading the work to the right people, who, in his opinion, should take care of it. But the leader will present his vision, and engage everyone in a session of brainstorming that will determine the action plan in a simplest and fastest way.
7. Organizing and determining the direction.
The last but not the least point is very important because it differences between the leader and the boss in terms of management of teamwork. The boss does not know the people at a personal level, meaning their capabilities and preferences to arrange their time, activities and tasks. While the leader knows that everyone is different and that everyone wants new tasks, which creates an influx of new possibilities. Therefore, they determine the direction and then the employee decides which tools they will benefit from and how to shoot for new successes.
If you are managing a team, even a small one, please take a few minutes to reflect on this article.
We hope that you can see in yourself more leader features than boss ones.