The famous saying goes as follows – “A leader can be a boss, but a boss can never be a leader.” Although many people think these two terms are the same thing, we believe they are vastly different. They also require different skills and If you want to know in which boat do you stand, honestly answer these two questions with “Yes” or “No.”
- Do you see your team members as a necessary part that you have to join up with to achieve your goals and accomplish your dreams?
- Do you genuinely enjoy working with your team and rely on people to meet your goals?
If you have raised your voice for the first question, you’re probably more into the term “Boss,” and if you found the second point to be more appealing, then you agree more with the term “Leader.”
Leaders Lead Rather Than Rule
If you wish to become a successful leader, start treating your employees as your co-worker and teach them that the only possible boss of your company is your customers and not you. The leader shows the way and helps to get there.
Leaders Guide Rather Than Command
Bosses are like micromanagers – they try to control every action. Leaders rely on their team to accomplish great things together if they receive the right direction and support rather than commands and control.
Leaders Are Motivated By Passion Rather Than Fear
Bosses and bad leaders are driven by fear and reaction. A leader stays driven by passion and purpose even during challenging times and crises.
Leaders Motivate Rather Than Terrify
One of the best things found in great leaders is showing empathy and celebrating each and every success together with their team.
Leaders Give Credit Rather Than Criticise
Great leaders always cherish and give credit to their teams. Bosses simply set expectations for their teams to complete a piece of work and criticize if something is not by their standards. One of the most essential qualities of a Leader is that they will never become selfish in sharing their knowledge and experience, but instead, they will be willing to guide and nurture their team. A leader motivates others to achieve a common goal.
Leaders Focus On Sustainable Solutions Rather Than Quick Fix
A boss will tell you what to do. A leader will show you how and why to do it. A focus on the why is one of the most critical leadership approaches because it makes learning sustainable and transferable to other situations.
Leaders Build Self-Accountability Rather Than Blame Others
A boss holds you accountable. A leader will improve your confidence and help you to build self-accountability.
Leaders Want You To Be More Successful Than Them Rather Than Always Being Your Boss
This is an essential defining trait of a boss vs. leader. A boss will always want to stay your boss. A great leader – much like a great parent – wants you to do better. A leader would proudly build you to be “the boss” and develop your progression plan to make it a reality.
Leaders Depend On Influence Rather Than Authority
A leader is someone who commands voluntary loyalty – someone people choose to follow. A boss is someone who gets it through coercion, force, or by formal authority – someone people are forced to follow. The influence of leadership is not dependent on power or position.
Leaders Maintain Equality Rather Than Establish A Hierarchy
Anyone who has previously worked in a team must have had a situation when your manager chooses someone for an important task just because he/she is his favorite. Great leaders never do that, and they maintain equality between people. They will choose someone due to skills and knowledge, not based on their personal relationship.
Bosses are a commodity – easy to find, easy to replace, and default to dictate and dominate others. Leaders are rare and extraordinary – hard to find, hard to replace, and default to influence and persuade.
There are bosses, and there are people who lead. Bosses cling to a title and dictate and dominate. People who lead, lead through the power of self.Brian Braudis