“Remember the difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says ‘go’, a leader says ‘let’s go!’” ~ George E.M Kelly/ 12th Pilot of U.S. Army Aeronautical Division
You might think a boss and a leader are the same. But in reality, they are two very different people in terms of attitude and management skills.
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10 Differences between Boss and Leader
To further understand this, here are the characteristics that separate a leader from a boss:
A Good Leader
– motivates his people
– says “we”
– develops people
– gives credit to members
– establishes equal relationships
– offers constructive criticism
– listens to opinions
– encourages teamwork
– teaches others what he/she knows
A Bad Leader
– threatens them
– says “I”
– uses people
– takes credit from members
– manifests favoritism
– gives commands
– establishes superiority
– keeps knowledge to himself/herself
Now, would you rather be a bad boss or a good leader?
Aristotle once said, “He who cannot be a good follower cannot be a good leader”. So if you aim to lead your own team in the future, start off by being a good member.