We all want to believe we are leaders and not bosses. But the reality is this. The answer to this important question can only be found in the people you wish to lead.
Are You a Boss or a Leader?
- Employees avoid the boss but come to the leader.
- Employees are afraid of the boss but unafraid of the leader.
- Employees tell the boss only good things about themselves, but they reveal their shortcomings and difficulties to their leader.
- Employees cover their butts with the boss but reveal their mistakes to their leader.
- Employees flatter the boss but are authentic with the leader
- Employees will openly argue with the leader but will never confront the boss.
- Employees discuss the cold hard truth with the leader, and avoid it at all costs with their boss.
As much as you want to be a leader, it will never be completely up to you. The reality is that perceptions of others determine whether not you are a boss or a leader. To some you are their leader, but to others you are their boss.
The main difference between being a boss and a leader is whether or not employees trust you and have confidence in you to protect them and support them. Now let’s be honest. Some people will never see you as anything other than their boss, and there is absolutely nothing you can do about it.
What we must remember is that we must always exhibit strength, high expectations, accountability, openness, transparency, and willingness to learn from our employees, and in time more employees will change their opinion of you from being their boss into inspiring them as their leader.