Are you a boss or a leader?
I have to be honest I hate the term boss. When someone refers to me as their boss I almost feel like I’m doing something wrong as a leader.
Forgive me for making me think I’m the boss.
There are so many differences in a boss and a leader. If only in connotation.
A boss seems to have all the answers — even if they really don’t.
A leader solicits input to arrive at the right answer.
A boss tells.
A leader asks.
A boss can be intimidating — if only by title.
A leader should be encouraging — even if in a time of correction.
A boss dictates.
A leader delegates.
A boss demands.
A leader inspires.
A boss controls systems.
A leader spurs ideas.
A boss manages policies.
A leader enables change.
People follow a leader willingly. You have to pay someone — or force them — to follow a boss.
By connotation there is really only one boss.
In fairness, there are times I have to be the boss. Even the “bad guy” boss — at least in other people’s perception.
But I much prefer to be a leader.
And in any healthy organization there will be many leaders.
Do you work for a boss or do you serve with a leader?