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Are You A Boss Or A Leader?

Oct 10, 2007
Have you ever heard of a business that doesn't have a boss? Probably not. The title of boss goes to most anyone in a position of authority. Now, have you ever heard of a business that doesn't have a leader?

Probably. You've most likely experienced the situation yourself.

A leader is someone in a position of authority that others look to for guidance and direction. That isn't quite the same as being the boss. A boss may be someone who gives orders and tells others what to do, but employees may tend to go to someone else for clear direction or to discuss business matters. That person is a leader. He or she is the person in whom the workers have faith to get them through a difficult situation or who they look to for instruction.

Faith and trust are two determining factors of who will become a leader and who simply becomes a boss. Anyone can get a promotion or a new title; not everyone earns the faith and trust of employees.

It's important to instill this feeling in those you work with, too. We all need someone to be responsible for a situation. Without that someone governing the whole, no organization or group can accomplish what it sets out to do.

Leaders need to be dependable and consistent in their actions. They need to respect others for their abilities and skills and confident enough to take charge of a situation to delegate effectively. This confidence translates to employees, and when they receive their direction, they feel confident about the decision, as well as more able to carry it out. Employees expect leaders to provide support and to be committed as well.

The short answer as to what makes a leader is the level of trust and respect that workers have for a person.

Without good, confident direction that inspires trust, leadership is lacking. That can create a situation of discontent and mutiny, which may find employees looking for someone to better guide them in their efforts and endeavors. Workers may feel no positive outcome is possible from their work or that the decision is illogical. In that case, they might feel obliged to make their own decisions that may or may not be the right choices.

Worse, apathy sets in, hope extinguishes, and the goals of the business are not met. A deficiency in leadership might lead to a business declining and eventually closing its doors.

Strong leadership has proven itself repeatedly in successful businesses that go on to become leading corporations. It can seal business survival and create a working atmosphere geared towards positive results. Employees are happier and well guided, and management easier to perform. The whole result is a harmonious environment oriented towards growth and entrepreneurial success.
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