Leader or Boss?
Sometime we confuse about Leader and Boss. The meaning of these words is really different.
Every leader is a boss. But every boss is not the leader. The boss is respected and obeyed because of his/her seniority. A leader is respected and looked up to as a example because of the qualities of character and ability not only because of seniority.
Those who aspire to become leaders must lead by example. The 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 the team members find that the leader does not follow what they speaks/suggests, they will have no respect to the leader. They may obey him/her, but the respect will be missing. Leaders gain this respect by their actions. They look and act sincerely. There is no mismatch between their words and actions. They look integral in approach and character.
We can compare differences between boss and leader:
The Boss drives his men, The Leader inspire them
The Boss depends on authority, The Leader depends on goodwill
The Boss evokes fear, The Leader radiate love
The Boss says “I”, The Leader says “We”
The Boss shows who is wrong, The Leader shows what is wrong
The Boss knows how it is done, The Leader knows how to do it
The Boss demands respect, The Leader commands respect
How can boss become leader?
To be a leader, every boss must display characteristics such as knowledge, planning, anticipation, foresight, action, result oriented approach, perspective, respect every team member, earn their respect, act as a friend and act as a mentor. This is quite a list, but if you want to become a good leader you need these qualities. This is true not only for national leaders but for persons in every leadership position in any organization. Once a person earns the respect of his /her team members he/she ceases to be only a boss and transforms into a leader.
Everyone is a leader, at least for their self. But, If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, YOU ARE REAL and GREAT LEADER