2015 Resolution: Stop Being a Boss, Start Being a Leader
National business coaching and advisory firm Advicoach ® examines the difference between being the top in command and being an effective leader.
February 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // Southbury, CT – Every employee has a boss, however not every employee has a leader. A boss is the top of the chain of command and gives employees direction, and is oftentimes the owner or a store manager in a small business. While bosses are considered necessary, most often businesses lack a leader who goes above and beyond, setting examples for their employees and empowering them to follow.
Recognizing this, AdviCoach, a national business coaching and advisory firm customized for small- to mid-size businesses (SMBs), examines the differences between being a boss and being a leader.
"The way an individual in charge approaches his or her leadership role can have a great impact on how a small business operates and grows," AdviCoach founder Terry Powell said. "Not only being a boss, but truly becoming a leader, is essential when running a small business. Bosses tell people what to do to make sure the business thrives. The leader does this as well, but a leader shows them how and explains why."
There are a number of differences between bosses and leaders. Here are just a few of these key traits:
- Bosses drive their employees to success; Leaders coach them toward their best performance.
- Bosses instill intimidation; Leaders inspire collaboration.
- Bosses set expectations; Leaders model them.
- Bosses use a lot of "I's"; Leaders use many "We's."
- Bosses take credit for each success; Leaders give credit to others when credit is due.
Powell added, "When analyzing what a great leader embodies and what a boss possesses, the differences are pretty clear. It's essential for small business owners to understand that the best business owners have a balance between the two archetypes."
If improving leadership qualities is a key goal for 2015, then consider connecting with a small business coach. A trusted, third-party resource provides an outsider's perspective and can help identify ways to become a better leader.
For more insight on this topic and advice on other small business challenges, visit the AdviCoach blog at http://advicoachblog.com.
With more than 30-years of experience in business coaching, AdviCoach is the premier source for business coaching and advisory services customized for small to mid-size businesses (SMBs). The AdviCoach business model is designed to empower SMB owners to increase the productivity and value of their businesses through unique coaching methodologies and the deployment of "Rapid Impact Strategies," ultimately reaching long-term Income, Lifestyle, Wealth, and Equity goals. Part of Franchise Source Brands International™, AdviCoach and its sister company The Entrepreneur's Source dominate $1.5 billion industry with a commanding 33 percent of the business coaching and consulting franchise market in North America. For further information, visit http://www.advicoach.com/.
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