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