Are you a boss, a manager, a leader, or a director? They may all sound liked synonyms however in the business world, a leader is one who inspires their team to success.
In a recent Inc. Magazine article discussing the differences between a boss and a leader, the author, Lolly Daskal, shares this comparison list:
A boss instills fear; a leader inspires enthusiasm.
A boss blames others; a leader works to help repair the damage and understand what happened so it won’t occur again.
A boss thinks in terms of him or herself; a leader thinks in terms of we.
A boss knows how it’s done; a leader shows how it’s done.
A boss depends his or her own authority; a leader depends, along with the entire team, on mutual accountability and trust.
A boss uses people; a leader is interested in helping them grow and develop.
A boss takes the credit; a leader you gives credit to others.
A boss you is a commander; a leader is more concerned with asking and listening.
The boss says Go!; the leader says Let’s go!
I don’t know about you, but the leader description sounds more like a person I’d want to work for. The truth is, we have all had a BOSS and often times the lessons we learn about how to be a good leader come from the experience of being “managed” by a boss with a capital “B.”
Think back over your past work experience and remember those you’ve worked for. Who were “bosses” and who were “leaders?” If you could take one thing from each that you have learned, what would those lessons be?
Do you find that you pattern yourself after the leaders you have known?
In an article from Entrepreneur Magazine, 5 Key Traits of Great Leaders, the author sums up the article this way:
So are you a great leader? Or do you have the desire to become one? Remember, a great leader is someone who has a clear vision and can turn that vision into a vivid picture that others can see. When you speak about your vision, it should be with a passion you feel in your heart, a passion that creates so much enthusiasm that your team will want to jump on board. When major decisions need to be made, you should encourage everyone to use the Q-CAT system and be responsible for his or her own actions. And you should be continually assessing your own character and never stop growing, personally or professionally.