Generally speaking both terms ‘Boss’ and ‘Leader’ are used interchangeably. But there is a subtle difference between the two i.e. a boss can be a leader but a boss can be boss without the qualities of leadership. Being a boss comes with certain privileges, but any person can become a leader by developing a certain type of personality. Below are the top five subtle differences between a boss and a leader.
1 – A boss takes advantage while a leader empowers
A boss is the one who hires workers to do a task in exchange for monetary grants, a boss doesn’t necessarily cares about his employees’ personal growth. He gets his tasks done through every single mean in his power. However a leader helps himself by making his followers grow. A leader nourishes his followers in ways that benefits both of them. Most of all, a leader never takes advantage of his subordinate in a way that is hurtful.
2 – A boss always has his own way, while a leader is always flexible
If a boss wants a thing done, he will get it done but only the way he wants. He is inflexible and if things don’t go around his way he gets angry and takes his anger out on his subordinates. However, if a leader wants to get a thing done, he is flexible and keeps the moral of subordinates up by giving them another plan if one fails.
3 – A boss takes credit, while a leader shares credit
When it comes to reaping rewards, a boss will always take credit for the work done, even by the subordinates. However, a leader shares the credit and sees it as a means of further growth of other people.
4 – A leader relies upon, while a boss intimidates
A boss always uses the leverage he has to intimidate the subordinates to get the things done that need to be done. However, leader doesn’t need leverage, he can totally rely on his subordinates.
5 – A boss shows the way, a leader leads the way
A leader sets a practical example out of himself for the work that needs to be done. While a boss merely give directions.
If you are interested in developing leadership qualities, we highly recommend The 5 Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximise Your Potential by John C. Maxwell.