More and more, leadership is evolving. People don’t respond as they used to to traditional management. The old boss who gives the order is dying. Thank God! A leader should inspire and lead by example. To whom who might think they are the same, let’s see some differences:
Boss: You’re having problems at home? And? You should keep your personal problems away from work.
Leader: You’re having problems at home? If you need to take a day of to sort them out, just let me know.
Boss: As I said yesterday…
Leader: As we discussed yesterday…
Boss: You should know how to do this with your eyes closed!
Leader: I signed you up for a workshop so you can learn how to do this.
Respect vs Fear
Boss: If you fail, you’ll suffer the consequences.
Leader: I’ve failed a lot of times. If you fail, it’s an opportunity to learn.
Boss: Let me check everything you’ve done before you send it.
Leader: Just send it, I trust your decisions.
Boss: Tomorrow you’ll have to work late.
Leader: Tomorrow we’ll have to work a couple more hours. Who’s with me?
Boss: We need instant results!
Leader: This will pay of in the future.
Leader: Let’s grab a beer after work?
Processes vs People
Boss: We have to invest in better computers.
Leader: We have to invest in HR and talent development.
Boss: I’m very proud of the work I’ve done.
Leader: Congratulations to all of you! You’ve done it again!
Fortunately, we think the old habits are dying and more and more team leaders are adopting and being hired by their inspirational side. Leaders praise, leaders recognize their staff to keep them motivated. A great way to start being a leader today is to use Tap My Back, an employee recognition app software that will boost your team engagement and make it stronger! You can try it here for free.