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Being a Leader vs. Boss: Kim Shepherd to NailPro

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Decision Toolbox CEO Kim Shepherd recently shared her insights on why you should and how you can channel your inner CEO to behave more like a leader and less like a boss with NailPro.

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At first blush, the essence of leadership is difficult to define because it often affects people on a subconscious level.  “It doesn’t matter the industry or gender, the same principle holds true: As an employee you ‘hear’ your boss but you ‘feel’ your leader,” says Kim Shepherd, CEO of the Irvine, CA-based national recruitment firm Decision Toolbox.

If you’ve ever worked for someone who only used the word “we” when there was work to be done, then switched to “I” after it was complete, you most certainly had a boss.   Developing a team attitude goes beyond using the word, of course.  Shepherd learned the lesson of equal treatment early in life.  “My mom opened a coffee shop in Silicon Valley in the 1970s and managed to create a family environment where the busboy was as important as the chef,” she says.   Today, Shepherd, who runs a $10 million company, is clear on her leadership philosophy:  “Great generals know how to relinquish to their army, to encourage them to be dutiful yet think on their own.  As a leader, my job is to give people the ability to be awesome if they are awesome.

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