The success of any organization depends on the quality of leadership. Organizations need a balance of leaders and those who work for and with them. Someone is in charge of a project/work group/department and directs the work of the team – a leader. 

A leader can be a boss, but a boss isn’t necessarily a leader. Here are some key differences between a boss and a leader. 

  1. A boss has employees. A leader has followers.
  2. A boss drives the team. A leader coaches the team.
  3. A boss says “I”. A leader says “We”.
  4. A boss administers and dominates. A leader innovates and collaborates.
  5. A boss uses people. A leader develops people.
  6. A boss takes credit. A leader gives credit.
  7. A boss micromanages. A leader offers guidance and delegation.
  8. A boss places blame and shows who is wrong. A leader fixes it and shows what is wrong.
  9. A boss gives orders. A leader influences by setting an example.

Leaders lead, listen, offer equality, and roll up their sleeves. A leader will inspire and help the team to achieve goals and ultimately to succeed. 

Every organization needs workers, bosses and leaders. Where do you fit in and what category do you want to fall under? Leadership can be nurtured and learned. Follow the rules of leadership and you can influence, be effective, and make an impact.