Onward! How “Bosses” and “Leaders” are Different

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boss leaderA leader can be a boss, but not every boss is a leader. Most people interchange the two terms, as they have nearly identical definitions. But the reality is the two are very much different in today’s competitive world.

Do you talk, or listen? Do you command, or motivate? If you are a boss, people will follow you because you are at a higher position. If you are a leader, people follow you because they respect and admire you. Many other things widen the fine line between the two.

Bosses Ignore and Expect, Leaders Teach and Learn

Bosses are arrogant or embarrassed to learn from those in lower positions. A true leader, on the other hand, is not, and believes that it is never too late to learn more.

Leaders pay attention to their colleagues. Unlike the bosses who only expect output, leaders give and share what their colleagues need in order to fulfill a certain task. Humphrey & Pace Benefit Planning, Inc. cites, for instance, that a leader should provide great benefits, so that in turn, staff members are motivated enough to produce quality work.

Bosses Demand, Leaders Consult

Do you require getting things done in a very loud and demanding voice? And did this deliver a sloppy outcome? Workers feel frustrated when you bark out orders; they want you to treat them with kindness and respect. Bosses are those who give orders, and they need the workers to listen and obey.

Leaders, on the other hand, ask for perspective, they listen to opinions, and regard ideas as important.

Bosses Dictate, Leaders Empower

Throughout history, the best heads led their troops in fights and campaigns. The troops were not afraid because the leader was right there with them.

Bosses stay aside, dictate workers, and wait for the output. Also, bosses tend to ask workers to do things his way, micro-managing daily tasks. If you are a boss, you might end up with an almost empty parking lot, and the few who stay will soon be running out of gas.

You’ve probably seen both types of managers—a handful of miserable, grumpy bosses, and a few happy, highly remarkable leaders. Without a doubt, you want to be a leader rather than a boss, so always do your best in thought and deed. Sincerely care about the people working WITH you, not FOR you.