Have you questioned your supervisor in work why he/she is put in that position? Tired of him/her questioning of his/her leadership? Or keep on asking, “Is he/she really a good boss?” “Does he/she have what it takes to be a good leader?”
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Those are the things I always hear from my friends when I ask them about their superior. But do they really have reasons to question the credibility of their supervisors? Why do they need to differentiate them as a boss or a leader? Are there any differences?
I made some research about this matter and I saw that many people around the world are experiencing this and keep on labeling their superior as a boss or a leader.
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For me a boss and a leader are the same when it comes to managing of people. A leader can be the boss or a boss can be a leader, though it could be the complete opposite where a leader is not a boss, nor is a boss a leader. The difference can also be on how they handle situations or how they treat their subordinate.
Remember just the word “Leader” suggests more positive than a “Boss”.
Let’s differentiate both.
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- A leader is most commonly compared to a good, caring and down to earth superior, while a boss can be a selfish one, authoritative and the likes.
- A boss is more focused with the outcome or the goal of the team while a leader feels more responsible for the process of the outcome and to people who see it out.
- A leader listens, speaks and leads with the team while a boss tends to rule and give command.
- A leader teaches, and is open to new knowledge and learning and at the same time motivates other, a boss tends to give expectations and ignore others
- A leader takes part with the team while boss stays aside.
- A leader treats people equally, bosses tend to give favoritism.
Listed on the table below speaks or differentiate more between the leader and boss.
|Inspire people||Drives people|
|Depends on the respect and honor||Depends on authority|
|Cares for your well being||Cares for your productivity level|
|Says “We”||Says ”I”|
|Inspires enthusiasm||Inspires fear|
|Gives credit||Takes credit|
|Says “Let’s go”||Says “Go”|
|Knows how it is done||Shows how it is done|
After reading those given examples what are your supervisors? A leader or a boss? Or do you really need to label them? And as a superior what do you think you are? Ask yourself.
On the other hand a mix of those maybe a good combination of being a front-runner. But at the end of the day everything depends on the situation. Let’s say that a leader is also a boss at times or vice versa.
Note: All information in this article is based on my personal views and research I made for this matter.