October 16 is National Boss’s Day—a day to celebrate bosses who have been “kind and fair throughout the year.”
If kind and fair (basic human decency) misses the mark, it’s safe to say the manager in question isn’t winning at this leadership thing. Having a manager title doesn’t make someone a leader.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Managers need to have good communication, organization, and planning skills. A bad manager can easily make employees miserable (sometimes without even knowing it). A good manager who is also a good leader can be the soul of a positive workplace culture.
“Leaders create fans, managers have employees.” —William Arruda, Forbes Contributor
RESEARCH ON LEADERSHIP
Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter found three mental qualities of a great leader:
“Leading with mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion makes you more human and less leader.” —Carter & Hougaard
A HAPPIER WORKFORCE
When a manager acts with leadership qualities, it increases employee engagement, happiness, and productivity. Even if mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion don’t come naturally to a manager, they are qualities that can be learned, practiced, and honed.
Cheers to all the great leaders out there! Pencil in National Boss’s Day on your calendar and thank your boss for being so great … because you’ve likely experienced a not so great one.BACK TO ALL POSTS