Are you a boss or a leader?
I hate the term boss. Whenever someone refers to me as their boss I almost feel like I’m doing something wrong as a leader. I want to ask forgiveness for making me think I’m the boss.
There are so many differences in a boss and a leader.
A boss seems to have all the answers, even if they really don’t.
A leader solicits input, leads a collaborative effort, to arrive at the right answer.
A boss tells people what to do.
A leader enlists the support of others.
A boss can be intimidating – if only by title.
A leader may challenge people, but should be encouraging – even during correction.
A boss dictates their own way.
A leader delegates the way to others.
A boss demands results.
A leader inspires others to succeed.
A boss controls through systems and processes.
A leader spurs ideas, creativity, and ingenuity.
A boss manages closely guarded policies.
A leader enables change, adapting policies as needed.
There is only one boss in any organization.
The best organizations have many leaders.
People follow a leader willingly. You have to pay someone to follow a boss.
In fairness, there are times even the best leaders have to be the boss. Even the “bad guy” boss – at least in other people’s perception. Being a leader doesn’t mean you allow poor quality of work to prevail. There are times a leader has to micromanage. We need good systems and processes.
But, whenever possible, I much prefer to be a leader.
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I have had experiences with both bosses and leaders. Most of the post resonated with my experiences.
Very good thanks work
Best comparison so far! I can't choose which I'll be quoting as a tweet. Great list Ron!
Could not agree more! A great leader also sees himself/herself as a "servant" and multiplies his/her ministry (ie: our Lord).
Agreed. There is a big difference between the two.
True leadership is the ability to influence others to follow you in a positive direction.
Not through coercion, but through insight, courage and respect.
Yes. Thank you.
Great List Ron! I tried to pick a favorite phrase from the post and couldn't. It all resonated and I nodded in agreement through the entire post! Thank you for sharing!
Awesome. Thank you.