Develop Capable Leaders, Not Just Bosses

by Mike O'Neill

You have your own business, and that is great. However, the reality of finding a person to manage your team as an effective leader is more complex than expected. Managing employees, especially for the first time, is hard. 

You can see this in your business when it comes to the people in management for the first time facing common challenges, such as balancing multiple demands, leading a team, and motivating others.

As a business owner, you face many challenges. One common difficulty is supporting those in your company who are in management positions become capable leaders.

We have decades of experience helping business owners just like you get unstuck and find solutions to problems. We don’t rely on textbook programs, and we work with you to find the best combination of tools and customized strategies to get results. 

Having the right tools is the key to developing the skill set needed to be a leader capable of guiding others.

What Is the Difference Between a Boss and a Leader?

A boss or manager tends to explain or delegate tasks rather than authority. Managers command people process and product rather than encouraging everyone to be committed to the vision. 

Leaders set an example and influence those around them towards a mission, vision, or purpose. Leaders create more leaders, empower people to make decisions that support the company and its goals. Leaders build a team that is committed to participating in supporting the vision of the company. 

When you think about who you have working for you, are they a leader or a boss? There is a difference, and we can help you and your employees develop the necessary skill sets to become capable leaders.

7 Ways to Go From Boss to Leader

1. Communicate

Communication is essential.  Capable leaders communicate with purpose and understand that employees may have a different view of the situation you are discussing. Listening and receiving feedback will give you insight on how to best support your employees.  

Ask questions that encourage your team members to think through problems instead of always offering a solution.  Improving Your Communication Skills As A Leader is essential. 

2. Know Your Team and Build Relationships

Know your team and build relationships. Always stay connected with your team. If someone is having an off day, you need to know it and offer support as needed. Check-in with the team and understand when they are dealing with sensitive situations and be genuine. Be empathetic and remember that how you approach your employees can make or break the relationships. Showing gratitude is a great way to build relationships. 

3. Pair Leaders for Development

Pair leaders for development. Offering support to leaders in the form of a leader partnership, coaching, and management training can benefit both the workplace environment and the financial aspect of your business.

4. Motivate and Inspire Others

Motivate and inspire others by creating a reward and recognition program for your employees. It is essential to model integrity and honesty by setting an example through behavior and encouraging others to do the same.

5. Drive Results With Human Connection

Creating human connection can make all the difference in increasing participation, financial results, and creativity in the workplace community. You can develop relationships by utilizing peer-to-peer collaboration and positive reinforcement. Also, communicating your vision with your employees so that they understand and can support and create a culture of connection is one in which your employees feel valued, accepted, and have a sense of belonging.

Studies have shown that connected employees have a higher level of overall mental and physical health due to less stress, have more clarity of purpose, put their best effort into their work, and are more aligned with the company's goals. They also communicate better with their peers and provide more creativity and innovation while working.

6. Display Knowledge and Professional Mindset

A leader's mindset is vital. You want to model positive thinking, be open to new information, be willing and able to receive feedback from your team, and have the ability to give constructive feedback. Ask questions that encourage your team members to think through problems instead of always offering solutions. Asking the right question will encourage innovation, participation and empowers your employees to be problem solvers.

7. Team Building Activities are Essential

Developing a team mentality requires a leader capable of communicating and connecting others and working towards a common purpose. Creating a sense of community will improve participation, motivation, build self-confidence and empower your employees.  Here is a blog that can help you create a better team mentality?

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