Are you a Boss or a Leader?

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell.   Gone are the days where managers are simply taught to manage, not lead, and a boss, lead, but not manage.  In the millennial workplace, the two words coincide, while the traditional mindset is more insufficient.   Rather a manager or a boss, being an efficient leader will take your team far further than your job description.   Noted in a recent Forbes article, in today’s society a trust-based leader is more effective and profitable for overall betterment and movement of the company.  If you hold a leadership position currently in your organization, here are three ways to distinguish if you are simply being a manager, a boss, or real LEADER, carrying the team on your shoulders to ultimately meet company missions and goals.

  1. Mission – Manager View: it’s the manager’s job to run an apparatus and make sure its running smoothly and prevent incidents from occurring. Leaders view: take an opposite stand, your team runs everything you accomplish. It’s a constant Team Effort! A leader asks their team for input, perspective, viewpoints, creativity, etc. You know the saying, it’s no I in team and the team all has one goal in mind and that is to accomplish the task at hand.
  2. Self-Awareness – A leader is a leader always regardless of emotions, especially fear. Fear is the verb which separates a Leader from a manager. Fear allows one to react in certain ways they wouldn’t normally because of such emotion. Instead leaders operate through trust versus making threats. Lastly, it’s not always about being right, leaders know when to admit their faults, be empathetic, express gratitude and appreciation.
  3. Risk and Trust – Putting your career in other people’s hands is a great risk, but great risk brings high reward. With trust comes vulnerability, which allows a leader to learn who they are as a person and as a leader, as well as learn and trust others. Risk and trust is a constant struggle for managers as putting your faith in others, from whom you do not love, can become hard to manage. This is where the leader inside of every manger should exude; as a leader you have to know when to be an Indian and not a chief. Your team has brilliant ideas, at times let them carry you to the finish line.