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Are You a Leader or Just a Boss?

While it’s true that every leader is a boss, not every boss is a leader.

What’s the difference? Simple!

A boss is respected and obeyed because of his/her seniority, or perhaps they are the owner of a small business and are respected by their employees only because they’re the ones who hand out the paychecks on payday. Many bosses rely on fear to keep employees in line and demand obedience with a threat of being fired for non compliance.

On the other hand…

A leader is respected and looked up to – not only because of seniority, but also because of they possess qualities of character and ability.

Those who aspire to become leaders must lead by example. Their team must always have a firm belief that the leader will be there during every crisis. Not to fix the blame, but fix the problem. If team members see that their leader does not practice what he/she preaches, that so-called leader will not get any respect. They may be obeyed, but the respect will be missing. Leaders gain this respect by their actions. They look and act with sincerity. There is no mismatch between their words and deeds.

To be a leader, you must display characteristics such as knowledge, planning, anticipation, foresight, action, and perspective. You must take a result oriented approach, respect every team member, earn their respect and act as a friend and mentor. I know this is quite a list, but if you want to become a good leader you’ll need these qualities. This is true not only for national leaders but for people in every leadership position in any organization. Once a person earns the respect of their subordinates, they cease to be just a boss, and become a leader.

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