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Are you playing a boss, or being a real leader?

They do exactly what he says, because — He is the boss.

Do you want to be feared or respected? Every organization, corporation or a business has a boss, but only a few of them have a leader.

Do it like they say. They do not set up an example and say that this is how it’s gonna be as it’s the way it has been happening.

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The leader will show you how to do something. Tell you where he went wrong, and how you should do.

I am the CEO of ProofHub. Being the CEO, I do not want my employees to be afraid of me. This is how it works at ProofHub. I want them to respect me. Because if they fear me they would do what I want them to do and when I step out they are not going to have respect for my taste and ideas. They are going to talk shit about me.

But there’s a distinction between being just a boss and being a leader — and it could make or break your entire company. Which one are you? Learn the differences.

Bosses criticize; leaders mentor

When you are building a career, the truth is the most important thing you need to tell to your employees. Even though the truth may hurt, but employees need it, and that is the need of a mentor. Mistakes are expected from employees and they are not supposed to be criticized for it. Who you are as a boss will be noticeable when you deal with this situation of employees. Leaders adopt the form of encouragement for dealing with mishaps and bosses punish their employees. A leader is one who has the ability to harness the talent of others to achieve a common goal and not the strengths and weaknesses of each employee.

Boss is impersonal; leader is compassionate

Someone who’s “just a boss” will treat their employees like a robot. They will just be worried about the outcome of the work and will have no interest in what efforts are made to get there and what were the challenges faced on the way. Whereas, a leader will care of who is doing what, what is their role and pay equal attention to each person.

Boss micromanages; leaders delegate

A micromanaging boss will run its employees helpless and keeps an eye on every move an employee makes. They constantly ask for updates, provide a to — do list and keep a check on the progress. Whereas, a leader will let the employees do their job on their own terms. A boss will not trust its team and a leader will have full confidence in his team and will encourage them to have ideas. They will make a decision when it will be required and trust their team to get the job done.

These differences will help you to recognize what kind of person you are; a boss or a leader. On the basis of my experience over the past years, I am quite confident to say that the teams lead by a leader will produce long-lasting results than those directed by the boss.

So, what will you do to move from “boss” to “leader”? Here are key ways:

Guide your team and not control them

To prevent problems in the first go, a boss will try to control every action. But to become a leader you will have to trust your team that they will accomplish great things when they are given guidance and the right direction. To establish frameworks give your team a support to get the work done.

Be adaptable and not rigid

To meet the needs of changing the business environment you need to make a transition from boss to the leader; so you need to make the change. A leader will not be rigid in their processes, they will adapt their personal style according to the needs of their team members. They keep their focus on the value of each team member and expectations clearly and adapt their leadership approach as necessary.

Share it with all and not hide

When an employee works pretty hard to achieve a goal, show people how their work makes a positive difference. The impact of sharing employee success is going to be huge for the success of business and employees. Make them realize what they are doing will help the organization and also other people.

Motivate and not demotivate

A leader has to keep the team motivated through thick and thin. They are purposeful to make sure that their actions motivate the teams through fear. Leaders push the team ahead to perform at their highest potential. These actions motivate the teams to expect greatness even when they don’t see greatness in themselves. Be the biggest fan of your team and celebrate their success.

It is quite a challenging experience in leaping from “boss” to “leader”, but it’s extremely rewarding, too! If you act like a leader, you will get a long-lasting effective result and your team will perform outstandingly. So, developing from boss to leader is goodwill to all. Become a leader and your life will be more and more rapidly more fulfilling.

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Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. A passionate leader, Sandeep is always on the lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams and companies. He is also a featured writer on LinkedIn and a contributing author at YourStory. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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