The difference between being a boss vs. a leader is all about tactics. A boss will manage employees and the day-to-day, sometimes even micromanage, while a leader will inspire and empower. When you run a business, like an independent insurance agency, consider whether you're a leader or a boss. Being a boss will achieve short-term goals, but when it comes to the long-term success of your agency, being a leader will encourage your team to think big, be innovative and creative, and achieve greatness.
Lead your agency to greater success
Opening an independent agency is a big risk. Most agencies begin with a team of one, you. That means that you're used to playing every part and handling every detail. As you grow, so does your team. Because you're used to being intimately involved in every step, there's a natural tendency to micromanage and getting stuck using boss-like tactics. For your agency to grow to new heights, it's time to stop being the boss and start being a leader.
Leaders Build Their Teams
Trust that you've put together the right team, and then lead them to reach every goal you've set. As a leader, you'll inspire and motivate your team to think big, think outside the box. Encourage and empower your team to change the industry, disrupt the status quo, and propel your agent forward.
One of our key principles here at Affordable American Insurance is to think like a team, act like a team, and win like a team while still being independent. A leader will allow your team autonomy, trusting that they will meet deadlines, strive to reach short-term and long-term goals, strengthen your agency culture, and represent your brand well.
As a leader, it is also your responsibility to ensure that your team is always up to date on our industry and has access to all the latest tools and technology to make your day-to-day more efficient and fruitful. There is always room for growth, and a leader will nourish and feed the team to flourish.
Responsibility and accountability
A boss will get bogged down with daily tasks and responsibilities that could easily be delegated to someone else. A leader will be responsible for the big picture and the overall success of the agency. If something goes wrong and goals aren't being met, a leader will take responsibility and accountability and discover why and how to amend the problem in the future.
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