10 Differences Between a Boss and a Leader

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10 Differences Between a Boss and a Leader
ANUJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, Manager, India, Premium Member
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 ...Sign up

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abdulghaniyu salako, Student (MBA), Nigeria, Member
Kumar, you have done a nice job. How I wish we would all apply it in our day to day life.
I bet, that's going to help humanity. Keep it up. Cheer...Sign up

Leadership Model
Syed Nihas, Student (University), United States, Member
Anuj, this indeed is a completely new approach to management. In the past one year I have been exposed to a leadership model at Arizona State Universi...Sign up

Differences Between a Boss and a Leader
Lirim Sulejmani, Project Manager, Albania, Member
You've done a nice job, it's really impressive and pushes us towards aiming to be a leader.
Best regards!...Sign up

Its my Pleasure SIr
ANUJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, Manager, India, Premium Member
Thanks all for your appreciation.
Do share this kind of concepts amongst the colleagues as the need of the time is efficient leaders and not a ru...Sign up

Leadership & Management
Jeanne-Elvire ADOTEVI, HR Consultant, France, Member
Great job Anuj Kumar, hightlighting differences between being a Boss and being a Leader in this way is really powerful. It helps explaining to young p...Sign up

Beneficial for Both Himself and Organisation
ANUJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, Manager, India, Premium Member
@Jeanne-Elvire ADOTEVI: Thanks for the appreciation Sir. It's a need of the hour as people often misunderstand the ...Sign up

Differences between a Boss and a Leader
Maritim Mary, Manager, Kenya, Member
Wonderful insight Anuj. Leadership is actually all about offering and not being offered. Your quote surely proves that and the differences you've put ...Sign up

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ANUJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, Manager, India, Premium Member
@Maritim Mary: Thanks a lot for the appreciation.
Indeed leaders are the benchmark for any group. The people t...Sign up

Some Further Thoughts upon the Leader versus Boss Debate
Vipul Nahar, India, Member
Well, both “Boss” and “Leader” are mere words which have both formal and informal meanings depending on context. So let’s focus more upon the context ...Sign up

This Quote is not Accurate
Rebecca Roe, United States, Premium Member
Every leader is not a boss. A boss is someone who is hired to manage subordinates. They are to utilize their human resources to get the job done.
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Lets Come Out of the Definitions and Look at it in a Practical Way
ANUJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, Manager, India, Premium Member
@Rebecca Roe: Indeed if we look at the organization chart of any organization you'll find positions as LEADERS, MAN...Sign up

Being a Boss is OK
Steven Ellis, Analyst, United States, Member
Your concept is sound, but as @Vipul Nahar pointed out, the titles can be a problem and they are often misunderstoo...Sign up

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Andrew Blaine, Business Consultant, South Africa, Member
Kumar, now you have compared bosses and leaders, what bout comparing bosses and managers? Are they different or simply different manifestations of the...Sign up

Well Defined as a Basic Introduction, but...
bashir ullah khan, Accountant, Pakistan, Member
@Steven Ellis: Very nice Steven. This is not it and the list shoulb be longer to define and differentiate both term...Sign up

Well Explained - Differences Between a Boss and a Leader
You have given a good explanation of both categories. These terms "Boss" and "Leader" and how you define them will be accepted by those who have the s...Sign up

Leaders Always LEAD so Others Will FOLLOW
ANUJ KUMAR SHRIVASTAVA, Manager, India, Premium Member
@VILMA JOY VALLE: Thanks a lot for the appreciation!
Of course, the above 10 differences between bosses and le...Sign up

Nice Starting Point
Adeyemi Oluwashina, Student (Other), Nigeria, Member
Nice one. I wish all bosses respectively will learn in sincerity to become not just leaders, but good, perfect leaders. At least this is a starting po...Sign up

Every Leader is a Boss, but not Every Boss is a Leader
KARINA, Member
You made your point well.
BY having the formal authority as the boss, everyone knows that you say the last word. But being a leader most importan...Sign up

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eustace n wachira, Kenya, Member
To be a leader, one has to understand the diversities of the team members. Tap each resource and give the resource space to improve the organization.<...Sign up

Not as Straight Forward as You Think in Practice!
Kari Egge, CEO, Norway, Member
In my experience, most leaders are not straight forward bosses or leaders, but a combination of the two.
I would claim that the best leade...Sign up


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