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How to be a Leader Instead of a Boss

Leading others in the workplace is no easy task, and for many supervisors and managers, being a leader simply means telling others what to do. This is a misconception, and if you want to be an effective boss, you will have to be an effective leader and hold yourself to certain standards as well. If you want to lead your employees instead of boss them around, here are some ways to hone your leadership skills.

Provide Guidance and Structure

Your team should have the freedom to make some choices on their own, and you should feel comfortable with their freedom. Micromanaging can make any task worse, and if you really want to be a great leader, offer your team guidance instead of trying to control them. Your role is a leader to provide your employees with a framework and a set of goals they can reach. There is no need to use intimidation to motivate your employees to do their work.  

Give Credit to Employees When Necessary

As a boss, it can be tempting to take credit for the achievements and ideas of your workers. To be a great leader, avoid doing this at all costs and remain transparent. Studies show that employees do their best work when they know their contributions will be valued and appreciated, and if you want to retain them, you must provide them with this appreciation. You don’t have to give an award or certificate for everything, but you should give credit where credit is due.  


Work isn’t always fun and games, and along the way, every team can hit a serious snag. When this occurs, employees need a leader who can motivate them to do their best. A good leader is inherently a good motivator, and you should be able to encourage your team when members are frustrated or discouraged.  

We Can Help You Build a Team

If you are having trouble building a team you can rely on, it may be time to work with a staffing agency. Nesco Resources can help you find employees who are motivated and ready to work at all times. Reach out to our staffing professionals today to learn more.  

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