Leader and Boss by definition might sound same, but there is vast a difference between both. Leaders have the potential to motivate thousands of person and lead them to success. But, everyone who is leading individuals is not necessarily a leader, he might just be a boss. Confused?
Here is a very impressive article by Sarthak Dhamija.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you my friend, are a leader. Mahatma Gandhi is the paragon of virtue whereas Adolph Hitler is considered to be the paragon of vice. The difference between the two is that the former lead whereas the latter had a more domineering nature.
There is a thin line between being a leader or a boss, however most people misunderstand the meaning of “Leader” with “Being Bossy”. The thin line which separates between a leader and a boss is the way you take charge.
Naturally, there are lots of qualities that makes someone a good leader and thousands of books have been written about this. So instead of rehashing what you’d read in any other book about management, let me give you a psychological perspective of who is a good leader.
When you make the choice to be a leader, there are some things you have to give up: Ego, for one. Doing it your way. Always knowing you’re right. Never having your world view challenged. In exchange, though, you’ll gain a few things: An atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration. A workplace that people will line up to work at. An authentic authority that comes from who you are, not what you say or do. The chance to change lives–including your own. You don’t have to look very hard to see that we already have plenty of bosses in the world.
A boss relies on the authority of the position to command obedience. He or she is in charge and knows it. Bosses typically think they are smarter, better, and more qualified than anyone else, simply because of their position as a manager or supervisor. They mistakenly assume that they have all the answers and those who are subordinate to them know nothing.
What makes a Leader different from a Boss?
A boss drives his men, leader inspires them;
A boss demands respect, leader commands respect;
Leader can become a boss, but boss can’t become a Leader, because Leader leads the team and Boss rules the team. So, be a Leader not a Boss.
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