Leadership can make or break an organization. We need leaders, not bosses. The difference between being a leader instead of a boss is massive. How big? Well there are some fundamental tenets that differentiate these two approaches. Leader or boss: which one will you be?
A boss stays on the sideline and lets others do the hard work; A true leader is at the front of the pack and lead by example.
A boss drives others; a leader coaches them toward their best performance.
A boss instills fear; a leader inspires enthusiasm.
A boss blames others; a leader works to help repair the damage and understand what happened so it won't occur again.
A boss thinks in terms of him or herself; a leader thinks in terms of we.
A boss knows how it's done; a leader shows how it's done.
A boss depends on his or her own authority; a leader depends, along with the entire team, on mutual accountability and trust.
A boss uses people; a leader is interested in helping them grow and develop.
A boss takes the credit; a leader gives credit to others.
The boss says, "Go!"; the leader says, "Let's go!"
When you make the choice to be a true leader, there are some things you have to give up: Ego, for one. Doing it your way. Always knowing you're right. Never having your world view challenged.
In exchange, though, you'll gain a few things: An atmosphere of collegiality, collaboration and RESPECT.
A workplace that people will line up to work at. An authentic authority that comes from who you are, not what you say or do. The chance to change lives — including your own.
You don't have to look very hard to see that we already have plenty of bosses in the world.
What we're lacking is great leaders.
So are you ready to choose?