Strive to Be a #Leader, Not a #Boss

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Close your eyes and think of the best supervisor you have ever had — did they take time to explain a project to you? Did they listen to you? Did they encourage you? Or were they critical, defensive and quick to place blame on others? The difference between these two people — one is a leader and one is a boss.

The difference can make or break a team, project or plan. Take a look at the qualities of a boss and a leader below.

A boss is someone who:

  • Is a know it all
  • Talks more than they listen
  • Gives answers
  • Criticizes
  • Points out weaknesses
  • Directs
  • Defends their ego
  • Focuses on themselves
  • Places blame on others
  • Demands results

This personality can cause tension and bring negative energy in the workplace. This person can also cause good employees to become uninterested in their job. Simply, don’t be this person.

A leader is someone who:

  • Is always willing to learn
  • Listens more than they talk
  • Seeks solutions
  • Encourages
  • Recognizes natural gifts and strengths
  • Coaches
  • Reveals vulnerability
  • Focuses on the team and its needs
  • Takes responsibility
  • Inspires performance

A leader can bring good energy, positivity and encouragement to a workplace, which can enlighten and inspire others. Next time you are leading a team, focus on being a leader!

What qualities do you believe makes a strong leader? Comment below and share your ideas!

Natalie Gloady is a graduate student at Waynesburg University and the PRSSA 2017–2018 Publications Editor in Chief. Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on LinkedIn.

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