A Leader or a Boss?

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Have you ever asked yourself what is the difference between being a leader and being a boss?  We all might have our own ideas of what each of these words means.  I think one thing that we can agree on is that being a boss does not automatically make that person a leader.  A true leader earns their title, it is not just assigned to them.

Here are some quotes from some famous people with their ideas on what the difference between a leader and a boss are.


“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss.  The leader works in the open, and a boss in covert.  The leader leads, and the boss drives.”

~ Theodore Roosevelt

“The boss drives people; the leader coaches them.  The boss depends on the authority; the leader on good will.  The boss says “I”; the leader says “WE.”  The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.  The boss says, “GO”, the leader says, “LET’S GO!”

~H. Gordon Selfridge

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success.  Leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”

~Stephen Covey

“Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right things.”
~Warren Bennis

“A boss creates fear, a leader confidence.  A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss makes work drudgery, a leader makes it interesting.  A boss is interested in
himself or herself, a leader is interested
in the group.

~Russell H. Ewing


What are your thoughts on what the difference between a leader and a boss is?

Here would be my quote:

“A boss dictates to others what needs to be done and relies solely on others to get those things done.  A leader makes a decision on what needs to be done and then helps get them done with the others.”

~William J. Marsau

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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