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Are you a leader or a boss?

CultureNovember 10, 2016

Are you a leader or a boss? (Last Updated On: November 11, 2016)

You may think there is no distinguishable difference between a leader or a boss, but in fact there is a difference. A big difference.

Put in simple terms, a boss generally only focuses on achieving short term results, and will drive their team hard in order to achieve them. A leader on the other hand, is concerned with nurturing and developing their team into a well-oiled, smooth running unit, who will in the long term, achieve the desired results through training and effective management.

As an employer, the way in which you manage your team will reflect directly on your workplace culture, and ultimately how successfully they work for you. If you rule with an iron fist and promote a culture where you micromanage, control or bully your staff, then this all results in a narrow view of the business’s processes and does not help your staff in the long run nor your business.

However, if you take the time to set clear visions and goals, which are communicated to your staff, you are encouraging a productive workplace, where everyone knows where they are going and how they are getting there. Moreover, as the term leader suggests, you are ‘leading by example’ rather than ‘bossing people around’.

It is also important to be aware of whether your management style oversteps and is in danger of being classified as bullying. Intimidation, humiliation or offensive behaviour towards your employees is all considered bullying and is prohibited in every workplace.

As a leader it should be your goal to motivate and encourage your employees to perform to the best of their abilities. This can be done by assisting your staff with developing the skills required to prioritise, make independent decisions and be creative in regards to their work. Forget about hovering over your staff’s shoulders and breathing down their neck, if your staff are inspired and well-equipped, then the job will be done.

There are many ways of encouraging and educating your staff, such as training and development, team strategy days, performance appraisals or by developing independent career paths for each team member. You can speak with an Employsure specialist about implementing any of these practices into your workplace.

As Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist, Employsure is here to assist with any questions you have relating to managing your staff. Call us today on 1300 651 415.

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