The Power of Leadership

Written by Courtney Raguso, Social Media Content Creator

What is leadership?

Leadership is an art. It’s about motivating people into achieving a common goal and inspiring them to do better. In a business setting, this can mean being a team director, supervisor, or CEO. We usually call these people our bosses and well, they are; but being a boss, doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a leader, and understanding this difference is important to your business’s success. There is a clear distinction between the two in the success of a business when you compare the different styles of managing. 

What’s the difference between a leader and a boss?

A “boss” tends to have a more dictatorship style approach, while leaders tend to be more democratic. Leaders work with their employees and invest in their employee’s professional development. They work to improve things instead of focusing on the negatives. They are compassionate, respectful, and are team oriented. They give credit where credit is due and think long term. Bosses on the other hand, aren’t those people. Yes, we all start off as a boss before becoming a leader, doing “boss things” and handing out tasks to people under our supervision. However, it is extremely important that you do not let power get to your head! It’s wrong to think that, as a manager, you have to display your authority in order to be respected. In order to be respected, and gain trust, you must display leadership, not power. 

“Proper leadership is a must in any work environment and it says a lot about the leader’s values and characteristics. Before starting MSM, I worked under many bosses who defined for me what positive and negative leadership was. I knew when it was time to build my own team, those negative traits would not be part of my company. I always tell my team that the company is what it is today because of their hard work and they are the pillars of the company.” – Mario Mirabella, CEO, MSM DesignZ Inc.

What makes an effective leader?

Show your team that you are their peer, and get your hands dirty with them. Support them and show you care about what they have to say. Make them feel like a team player and a part of the mission. Motivate them and let them know they can help bring in and be a part of that success. The more you help your employees see how what they’re doing matters, the more they’ll feel committed to their roles. Thank them and give them credit where credit is due. Build incentives for demonstrating commitment and hard work, but also be consistent with how you handle individuals who don’t mesh with your values and mission. Work hard and don’t just give orders. They will care more about their job and put in real effort if you do too because they’ll see you as one of them and not feel so timid around you. Having this attitude and management style will go a long way. Lead by example, and show your team how you want it done. If you practice what you preach, your team will take you a lot more seriously and start to reflect the same behavior. Also, it’s important to realize your mission needs to adapt and stay relevant and current on management skills. A growth mindset is the belief that people, including oneself, can change their talents, abilities, and intelligence. Those who have a fixed mindset, do not believe that people can change their talents abilities and intelligence. Bosses have fixed mindsets which lead to short term results, while leaders have growth mindsets which leads to long term results. You want the long term results. A growth mindset has the most important survival factor for a business: adaptability. Being able to evolve and adapt to change will be beneficial for your company, if you’re in it for the long haul.  

Set SMART goals that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound when setting employee performance expectations. This will help you tailor performance expectations to each individual.

Required by law: 

  • Proper training, support and leadership from management
  • Timely and accurate payment of wages
  • Safe and healthy working environments
  • Full disclosure and explanation of the job responsibilities, company policies and procedures

What happens when you boss instead of lead?

According to a recent study by staffing agency Robert Half, nearly half of all professionals surveyed (49%) have quit a job because of a bad boss. If you’re impatient and are only in it for yourself, people will see right through that and your business will suffer. No one wants to come to work knowing that nothing they do is ever noticed or appreciated, or feeling like they have no purpose in the company. People want to contribute to the mission and be a part of something valuable. If you make it hard for them to succeed or feel safe in their work environment based on your fear-mongering behavior, achieving long term success for your business will be difficult, and it will cause them to want to leave. An employee can only be successful if they know what is expected of them from their organization and their team, so take the time to communicate with them and set clear expectations because if you don’t, you are just wasting both time and money. 

At MSM DesignZ, we believe in the importance of leadership in running a business. Our very own Owner and Creative Director, Mario Mirabella, is a firm believer in the power of leadership and a positive work environment. We collaborate and share our ideas with one another, support one another and consider our team a family. Being a leader and connecting with your team will be massively beneficial in the long run. Want to run your business better? Call our main office in Tarrytown at (914) 909-5900, and we’ll work with you to devise a custom plan that will bring success to your team! We look forward to working with you!