What is the difference between a boss and a leader?
A boss is described as: Boss - noun 1. a person who employs or superintends workers; somebody who is in charge of others, especially in a work environment; one who makes decisions or exercises authority.
As a transitive verb, to boss is to give somebody orders in an authoritarian way that is often resisted or resented. Wikipedia defines a boss as a person who oversees or directs the work of others. Synonyms of the word boss include person in charge; superior; person over you; person above you.
Descriptions of a leader include: Leader – noun 1. somebody who guides or directs others; trailblazer; ground breaker; leading light. Wikipedia defines leadership as a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task; organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal."
Some of the differences between bosses and leaders as listed in management books are:
A boss drives employees A leader inspires employees
A boss depends on authority A leader depends on respect and honor
A boss inspires fear A leader inspires enthusiasm
A boss tells A leader teaches
A boss tells you what to do A leader tells you why to do it
In video gaming a boss is an enemy, often at the end of a level, that is particularly challenging and must be beaten in order to progress in, or complete, the game.
To be a leader you have to genuinely care about people, to see each person as an individual, to think of them as someone’s child, sibling, parent, relative or friend. A leader focuses on individual strengths and fuses them together to build a team of highly brilliant personnel resulting in an enhanced (synergistic) effect. A leader doesn’t have to push people; people will follow him because he does what is right and he does it for the right reasons. Leaders are innovative, inspirational individuals with a vision that leads people on the path to excellence.
Long term sustainability does not mean individual dazzle, but rather, synergetic brilliance!
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