10 Differences Between a Boss and a Leader



Manager, India

10 Differences Between a Boss and a Leader

I would like to start this article with a simple quote: "Every Leader is a Boss, but Every Boss is not a Leader"
To build our understanding of this topic, let's focus on some typical DIFFERENCES between the two categories mentioned:
1. A boss Drives his workers. A leader Coaches them.
2. A boss depends on Authority. A leader depends on Goodwill.
3. A boss creates Fear. A leader creates Enthusiasm.
4. A boss will always say I. A leader will say WE.
5. A boss Knows how it is done. A leader Shows how it is done.
6. A boss Blames someone on a breakdown. A leader Fixes the breakdown.
7. A boss Uses people. A leader Develops people.
8. A boss will say: Go! A leader will say: Let's go!
9. A boss gives Commands. A leader Asks.
10) A boss will Take the credit. A leader will Give credits.
Now consider the differences. There is only a small change of words in every sentence. But this change of wording makes a big difference! What is the reason for this effect?
According to human psychology, the human brain cannot think in words or alphabets, it thinks in images or pictures if you like.
- When you read all the statements about the boss, an image will be formed of present danger.
- When you read the statements about a leader, an image of some nice person comes to mind.
Relate this to practical life. How can such change of words change the quality?
Let's take an example. When you say to an employee "I command you to...", an agony or anger develops unknowingly in the mind of the receiver. Why did this happen? The answer is when the other person hears the word "command", his brain feel that there is someone who is ordering and controlling his body ad he is no longer the master. As a result, a negative signal is being sent to his body for reacting.
But when you say "I ask you to...", the mind of the receiver feels: Wow! He is asking, so we should give. As a result, a positive signal is given to the body and the employee accepts his leader unknowingly as well as what was asked from him in a positive way and will perform his work more effective and efficiently.
To finish off my tip about being a successful leader: DO WHAT YOU EXPECT OTHERS TO DO.


abdulghaniyu salako
Student (MBA), Nigeria

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Kumar, you have done a nice job. How I wish we would all apply it in our day to day life. I bet, th... Sign up

Syed Nihas
Student (University), United States

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Anuj, this indeed is a completely new approach to management. In the past one year I have been expos... Sign up

Lirim Sulejmani
Project Manager, Albania

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Its my Pleasure SIr

Thanks all for your appreciation. Do share this kind of concepts amongst the colleagues as the need... Sign up

Jeanne-Elvire ADOTEVI
HR Consultant, France

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Great job Anuj Kumar, hightlighting differences between being a Boss and being a Leader in this way ... Sign up

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@Jeanne-Elvire ADOTEVI: Thanks for the appreciation Sir. It's a need of the hour as people often mis... Sign up

Maritim Mary
Manager, Kenya

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Wonderful insight Anuj. Leadership is actually all about offering and not being offered. Your quote ... Sign up

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@Maritim Mary: Thanks a lot for the appreciation. Indeed leaders are the benchmark for any group. T... Sign up

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Adeyemi Oluwashina
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