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Think about this question: How do your employees see you, as a boss or as a leader? There’s a distinct difference between the two. Bosses are obeyed, while leaders are respected. Bosses bark orders, while leaders teach. Bosses demand change, while leaders seek solutions.

Every supervisor is responsible for providing oversight, guidance and direction. To be a true leader, not merely a boss, make a resolution to cultivate these traits in yourself:

Communication
Leaders establish open, constant communication with their team. The benefit to this is two-fold. It helps you set expectations and delegate responsibilities. In addition, open lines of communication between supervisors and subordinates foster positive and productive workplaces.

As a leader, supervisors should focus on making their communication with subordinates clear.  They need to explain in detail what they expect from each employee. Another aspect of good communication from a leader involves delegation. There should be no confusion about what needs to be done and who is responsible for doing it.

Communication must work both ways. Leaders need to be open to listen to feedback from their teams just as much as they are to giving feedback to their teams. This two-way street is the key to making communication truly work.

Confidence
Good leaders display humble confidence.Without confidence, it is difficult to gain the trust and respect of subordinates. Supervisors must be self-assured in their demeanor, speech and actions to inspire their team to see them as a true leader.

If you aren’t confident in yourself, as the saying goes, “fake it until you make it”. Take cues from confident leaders you have worked with in the past. Emulate their actions and you will earn your team’s loyalty and support. In no time, they will look to you for inspiration and guidance.

A word of caution, the humble part of humble confidence is just as important. Supervisors who are over-confident with no humility are not leading, they are bossing. Humility is key to leading effectively leading without running roughshod over your employees.

Commitment
Employees must see their leader’s commitment in several areas. Leaders must be fully committed to the industry, company and their staff. Leaders can only expect from their employees the level of commitment they display themselves.

Leading by example and following through on promises are important ways leaders can show their commitment. Doing so shows employees that the leader has a high level of investment in and respect for them. When leaders display these traits, their employees return the favor by becoming more invested and respectful.

In conclusion, you can see that leadership is not necessarily easy but is very rewarding. Your team deserves a good leader, so make a resolution to become that awesome example for them.