Daily we come across different kinds of leaders including some who are very successful at what they do.

A careful study of successful leaders reveal that they are really good at connecting with their team.

Successful leaders have a unique way of relating with their team members. They motivate their people but aren’t just motivators. They help the team but aren’t just helpers. They are friendly with everyone but aren’t just friends. They behave and perform as leaders.

I have seen leaders who are more of every good thing than being a leader to their team. The sad fact is, eventually they lost their leadership edge.

Your team members can find a friend, helper, and motivator in many others. What they really expect from you as a leader is to behave and function as a leader who leads them.

The best gift you can give your team is to be a leader, not just a motivator, helper, or friend.