Chief or Leader? Here is the real difference
Many think that to make things work you just need to give orders that someone below will have to execute. It is undoubtedly correct, but it is not enough. In order for a work team to be strong and cohesive, it is indispensable that there be esteem and harmony among all its component members.
Just as in a couple relationship, if these elements or others like trust, good communication and loyalty are missing, it is very difficult to achieve ambitious objectives and key results. And it is here that the strength of a Leader is true: knowing how to perfectly combine all these elements within his team so that each member is led to always give the best of their abilities.
However, driving a work group is certainly not an easy task. Each of us has our own character and abilities. People are not all the same and for this reason, they think differently. Yet from a certain point of view, this is also positive as it is from the brainstorming of different minds that the most brilliant and innovative ideas are born.
The fact remains that the people who make up a team, in sport as in the professional sphere, need a fundamental element to produce winning results: to be motivated. The motivation is the basis of any large company as believe in it and put passion in what you do, that element are essential and the right mix that leads to success.
In all this, the role of the Chief and Leader of a work team is fundamental, but being Chief or Leader is not the same as the same. There are very deep differences between the two roles. Want to know which ones?
1) Chief “Directs” / Leader “Instructs”
A good leader is able, not only to manage his team excellently, but also to “get his hands dirty” and ask himself when it is necessary, on the same level as his own collaborators. Only in this way, in fact, seeing things from their own perspective, they will be able to give the right directives and instruct them, providing them with all the means and necessary tools like Workboard software to work at their best.
2) Chief “Scares” / Leader “Generates Enthusiasm”
At the base of any Team Building strategy, knowing how to create the right motivation with a good dose of enthusiasm is the driving force that allows people to bring out the best in their abilities. Instead, infuse a climate of tension and terror, hoping that by doing so people will be encouraged to produce more is a serious mistake, since you will get the exact opposite.
3) Chief “I” / Leader “US”
To create a correct and correct team spirit, always speaking in the plural and making all the participants feel part of the project, is the right strategy to obtain winning results. Working together to achieve a common goal, sharing the various steps gradually, allows all team members to work with greater determination and awareness, and this is the best way forward.
4) Chief “Knows How To Do It” / Leader “Explains How To Do It”
No one is born learned and we must all test ourselves. The virtue and skill of the Leader is to provide the right starting points, to give the LA to their team, so that as a conductor, he can allow all the elements to play the right notes together and produce the perfect melody.
5) Chief “Uses People” / Leader “Develops People”
Each of us at work seeks first of all the realization of himself. The good Leader is the one who knows how to bring out the best from his collaborators, managing with the right words to motivate them and push them to do more and more.
6) Chief “Takes Credits” / Leader “Gives Credits”
The real difference of the Leader is to share the successes with his collaborators and congratulate those who have done their best and known how to stand out. The most important goal must be to trigger in each team member, that spark of healthy and stimulating attraction to the challenges.
7) Chief “Commands” / Leader “Question”
The real Leader knows that he will get the coveted success only if he knows how to create that perfect harmony among all his collaborators. The best method is to give voice to all members of the team through a good brainstorming, perhaps stimulated by targeted questions, so that from the direct comparison between all, you can develop good ideas to start with.
8) Chief “Do” / Leader “Let’s Do It”
Just as we said a few points ago, speaking in the plural is always the most optimal solution. The true Leader is never the one who orders and waits for others to perform. The real Leader takes his own, is able to launch the right ideas so that his team follows him with determination towards success.
Have you recognized yourself or have you identified to which category your direct superior belongs? I am sure yes and I hope I have given you some interesting ideas to think about.