Are you a leader or a boss? There are many ways to tell which category your management style fits. Some of them are captured in the following image:
While a category of management style may not seem to be a pressing issue, the distinction is crucial. It has an impact on your bottom-line and the productivity of your team.
Allow me to provide two examples:
I serve as an outside Chief Financial Officer for a medical company. The office manager, at the direction of the president of the company, called me one morning and told me that the director of marketing was out sick for the fourth day in a row and the marketing employees had not been productive. I could tell that the marketing director was not a leader, nor were the president of the company or the office manager. In their roles, they told everyone what to do and how to prioritize tasks. That‚Äôs what a boss does. A leader will involve the group, guide the team, and inspire enthusiasm‚Äìwhich the marketing team was not displaying.
My wife and I attend a water aerobics class. The group is conducted by an instructor who directs each movement as if she‚Äôs a drill sergeant at boot camp. One night the instructor was absent. When it was clear that the instructor was not going to make the class, I took the lead. Instead of barking commands, I described each exercise and asked the class to join me in counting the moves for each exercise. I included the group in every move and even threw in a few moves where people had to interact with each other. This was a new experience for the class, and they all reacted very positively and enthusiastically. Everyone was included and we had a goal of being successful as a team.
Bosses pay attention to the process or the mechanics. Leaders look for patterns and focus on helping the team to succeed, even when they are not in the room. Leaders tap into strength of each member of the group and help all members grow without fear. Leaders empower and inspire their teams while promoting inclusivity; bosses disempower members and instill fear.
How do you grow from a boss to a leader? What are some of the ways you get inclusivity in your business? How do you increase morale in your office? How do you increase productivity? These are all questions we answer in our executive coaching sessions and roundtable peer groups. We create templates, build a collaboration model, and explore ways to increase productivity and value. Warren Buffett, one of the best business leaders of our time, said, ‚ÄúHire well, and manage little.‚Äù