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Although many people think that the terms “boss” and “leader” are interchangeable, they are very different. Before you decide which one you are, you must ask yourself: Do you view your team members as an essential part of your team, or do you enjoy working with them? If you’re a leader, you’re more likely to have a passion for working with your team to achieve your goals. 

  1. Love People

A leader can only be successful if they enjoy working with others. People are individuals with unique talents, personalities, and traits and are not “minion” individuals. With being a leader, you must be able to help and encourage others to succeed.

  1. Guide Your People

A boss typically believes they have to control everything in the company. Leaders believe they can accomplish great things if they give their teams the necessary support and direction. They establish frameworks and procedures so that they can easily reach their goals.

  1. Adapt 

Although a boss may be rigid in their approach to things, leaders also understand that they have to change their style to accommodate the needs of their team members. They establish clear expectations and work with their team members to reach their goals.

  1. Be Able To Delegate

Although a boss may feel they are delegators, they don’t delegate much due to their lack of trust in their team members. Leaders typically assign tasks and then let go of them once they have finished. They follow up regularly to ensure their team members are on track.

  1. Take Blame and Give Credit

A boss typically takes credit for the success of their teams, even though those goals aren’t being achieved. On the other hand, leaders know that their team’s success is due to their hard work, and they show their accomplishment when it happens. They also accept personal responsibility whenever their team members fail.

  1. Practice Risk Acceptance

Most bosses avoid taking risks because they fear doing so might lead to a perceived failure. Leaders, on the contrary, know that taking risks can lead to great results. They encourage their subordinates to try new things, and every failure or mistake can be an opportunity to improve.

  1. Motivate Others

Unlike a boss, leaders are motivated by discovering what sparks their subordinates’ potential and expecting greatness even when they don’t see it themselves. Leaders also celebrate small and large company successes because they know they are the ones who cheer them on.

Transitioning from being a boss to being a leader is an incredibly rewarding experience. It allows you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself and your team members, and it can help them achieve long-term success. Developing from one boss to another is an act of service to yourself and your fellow human beings. When you become a leader, you’ll be able to experience a more peaceful and fulfilling life.