1. Love working with your colleagues
Nobody can truly become a leader if they don’t enjoy working with others. People are individuals with unique talents, personalities and traits, not minions. As a leader you must enjoy working with them, supporting them, and helping them succeed.
2. Guide your team – don’t control them
Some bosses need to feel like they are in control of every situation – micromanaging everything. Great leaders know that with a bit of support and guidance, their teams will achieve much, much more if they are left to their own devices.
3. Become adaptable
Leaders know that they need to adapt their style to their team members’ wants and needs. They understand and value each team member based on their individual talents and expertise.
4. Correct delegation
Bosses tend to think that a job is only done well if they do it themselves, never fully delegating a task to their team members. Leaders however, truly delegate. They delegate tasks and then let go (but they do monitor their team’s efforts as the task progresses).
5. Give credit and accept blame when necessary
Bosses tend to love taking credit for their teams amazing results, and they’re the first to push the blame as soon as things go wrong. In contrast, leaders know when to give praise and accept blame. They know success emanates from a team effort.
Bosses tend to motivate through fear. Leaders, however, do this by discovering what motivates each of their team members to perform at their best. Leaders also share in the success of their team members, as they know a bit of positive reinforcement goes a long way.