Are you a boss or a leader?

Oct 24, 2013

 I’ve been having a lot of conversations and doing a lot of thinking/reading on the topic of leadership lately – and I have to admit it has been rather eye-opening.

First and foremost is the question:

Are you a boss or a leader?

As shared in the book Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell, there are 7 key differences between the two:

  1. The boss drives his workers; the leader coaches them.
  2. The boss depends on authority; the leader on goodwill.
  3. The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.
  4. The boss says “I”, the leader says “we”.
  5. The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.
  6. The boss knows how it is done; the leader shows how.
  7. The boss says “Go”; the leader says, “Let’s go!”

 What do these distinctions mean to you? What are some other distinctions?

Would love to hear your thoughts/comments… this is fascinating stuff.


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