Why you should be a leader and not a boss

Alan Price – CEO at BrightHR

October 07 2015

When you think about how you run your business what term comes to mind when you describe yourself; is it a boss or a leader. Whilst not everyone will see the distinction between the two, there are considerable differences between them, most notably that a boss tends to think in the short-term, whereas leaders look towards the future by unifying management and employees to form a cohesive unit that can work together to achieve long-term success for the business. Managing an organisation shouldn’t be determined by creating a culture of control, which promotes a myopic and narrow view of business processes, but should include facilitating a productive work environment through setting clear visions and goals, whilst investing in the people who form the root of any business; the employees. Being a leader is exactly what is says on the tin, it’s leading by example and following through on your promises with positive action. There are many reasons why you should adopt a leadership mentality to running your business, here are just a few. By adopting the perspective of a boss, employers and management tend to overlook one of the most important aspects in their organisation; their employees. Employers should do this at their peril, as employees act as the connection between the company and its clients or customers, therefore how employees perceive the company is extremely important. A leader’s primary goal is to inspire their workforce by cultivating an environment, which has a focused vision and favours the input of the many and not just the few. Rather than concentrating on the process, leaders understand what motivates employees to perform at their best and how to ensure employees feel valued for the efforts and contributions. This pays dividends for businesses, as a valued employee is a productive and loyal employee. In addition, a leader understands the art of delegation. They put forth a sense of trust in their team’s abilities and knowledge, allowing employees to learn, develop and shine in the workplace. Micromanaging is a technique that is a thing of the past. Employers should not push employees to complete tasks, they should motivate them to add their own ideas and establish new ways of approaching projects. As a result, employers will be thankful for their employees as it will help alleviate some of the pressure they feel by sharing workloads and garnering innovative ways of thinking that may not have emerged without the input of team members. When people think of a boss, they imagine a cold and impersonal figure, someone who is physically present, but rarely engaged with their workforce. Leaders on the other hand, adopt are more compassionate approach to running a business. They understand the importance of being a team player and integrating themselves with their colleagues. Moreover, they take an active interest in the wellbeing of their employees, ensuring that they are happy at work and getting the most out of their role. This is a vital part of being a leader, as happy employees equal a more productive and efficient working environment. Understanding the distinction between being a boss or a leader could be the difference between running a business that is constantly developing and growing or a business that remains stationary. Taking note of the aforementioned benefits of assuming a leadership mentality should provide you with a platform to help modify the way in which you inspire your workforce to achieve success and build your company’s reputation. For further information or advice call 0844 892 2772.

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