The Stark Difference between a Leader and a Boss: Silver Lining!

Leader and a Boss
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Whether you are aware of the difference between a leader and a boss or not, your managerial style often diktats how your employees perceive you. Basically, the difference boils down to: Leaders may at times be bosses, but not every boss is a leader.

No matter what, the term ‘boss’ often implies disapproving implications. Nevertheless, businesses rely greatly on an individual for giving orders and ensuring that employees put in their best at work.

Often the negative facets of a boss trigger employee discontent and high employee turnover rate. An expense that no business could afford for long. Worst-case scenario, a dissatisfied workforce can throw a business off the track.

Here are some flashing differences to position yourself as a revered leader:

Control and Power vs. Development and Motivation

In their foulest manifestations, few bosses may emphasis greatly on the extent of control they can put on others. On the contrary, good leaders nurture a work environment wherein employees get to contemplate and decide for themselves thus, making them more self-assured.

On the same line, when things go haywire, a boss can quickly blame the employees accentuating on their shortcomings. A leader on the other hand will accentuate on things done correctly and work out with his/her people to learn from the errors.

Solicit Feedback, Not Ignore It

Bosses may not care about getting feedbacks on their actions or may think that soliciting feedback is a signal of weakness. Leaders on the other hand actively seek out opinions of employees on a continuous basis for self-improvement. Asking the following questions can help a lot:

  • Do you require more personal time?
  • What is it that you are struggling with the most at work?
  • Do you require more group discussions to ensure that everyone stays on the same page?
  • What do you want the management to do to help you perform more efficiently?

Leaders Empower, Bosses Micromanage!

Lurking over an employee’s head and supervising even the smallest details are common signs of a terrible boss or manager. Micromanagement sends out a clear message that you don’t trust your employees and any blunder can lead to disastrous outcomes. Whereas leaders understand that they have recruited the right people and with a gentle guidance, their employees can sail smooth without close supervision. A leader’s prime responsibility is to help his/her team grow, develop and attain their goals.


Whilst a boss may often be engaged with deadlines and thus, might neglect sharing views on how his/her employees work is driving the business on the right foot, a good leader will always share her or his views of the employees and their efforts in growing the business.   

Leaders are the powerhouses for any business. Employees led forward often are more productive, happier and creative compared to the ones driven by demand.

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