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Make yourself a leader, not a boss

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Some people use the words interchangeably, but for most of us the traditional boss is someone who turns employees off, while a leader turns them on. So it's valuable to understand how to be a leader instead of a boss. Here are some useful guidelines:

Lead by being ahead of the team. A boss can often be found driving the team forward, making them do work he or she would never do. A leader tends to encourage and show the team the way, often by tackling tasks before anyone else does.

Lead by example. A boss will often use his or her power to force others into accomplishing the work. A leader is far more likely to pitch in and help, and often to do more than anyone else—at least until others, inspired by his or her example, match or exceed the leader's effort.

Lead by seeing the big picture. A boss often focuses on relatively insignificant matters. In contrast, a leader tries not to let minor details cloud her vision. By showing...(register to read more)

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