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Are You a Boss or a Leader?

The distinction between being a boss and being a leader may seem small, but it means the world to the people who work for you.
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Being the boss does not necessarily mean you are leading. Here is a list of 10 characteristics that will help you determine if you are having a positive impact on your employees.

1. A boss knows it all; a leader is always learning.

2. A boss gives answers; a leader seeks solutions.

3. A boss talks more than listens; a leader listens more than talks.

4. A boss directs; a leader coaches.

5. A boss criticizes; a leader encourages.

6. A boss identifies weaknesses; a leader identifies natural gifts.

7. A boss is all about "me;" a leader is all about "we."

8. A boss places blame; a leader takes accountability.

9. A boss protects her ego; a leader reveals her vulnerability.

10. A boss demands results; a leader inspires performance.

Every team has a boss, but they really need a leader.  Start leading today!

Read free chapters from the author's book Leadership Matters for more practical leadership insights.

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Last updated: Apr 2, 2014

LEE COLAN | Columnist

Lee Colan is founder of the L Group, a consulting firm that equips and inspires leaders at every level. He is a leadership adviser, presenter of practical ideas, and a Thinkers 50 nominee for Top Management Thinker.

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