Distinguish Leader from Boss

July 7, 2010 12:08pm CST
In addition to my discussion regarding "What makes a good team leader?" is the question I have in mind. What is the difference between a leader and a boss? I am calling my TL as my boss because I would not agree that she is a leader. A leader should know how to lead with dignity but a boss will just command and declare things he/she wanted to happen. Any thoughts?
4 responses
@megamatt (14331)
• United States
8 Jul 10
Leaders can be bosses but not all bosses can be leaders. I think that a leader is someone who really shows by example what needs to be done. They will give an example that needs to be followed and will be the first person in the trenches, to direct everyone else. Whether they have any real power or not, it really does not matter. However, they help those on their team get things done. A boss just tells you thinks need to be done. They expect things to be done. They will not offer any input on how things just to be done. They tell you to just do what they say. That is not leadership for certain. Many bosses just give orders and expect someone else to find the solution. Therefore, the true leaders are from other parts of the organization. In fact, many leaders are made by stepping up in tense times.
@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
7 Jul 10
A leader is someone who can lead others by doing the first move and doesn't rely to others. A leader is,someone who do things without expecting the others to make move. Someone who will finish the tasks giving the best and effort without complaining. While the boss is someone who do the command and waited for every task to be completed by the team or group.
@BLD367 (143)
• United States
7 Jul 10
A leader inspires others and has a vision. A boss just reiterates the orders given to him. http://cheapdslrprofessional.blogspot.com/
7 Jul 10
well in regards to your question a team leader is responsible for what you do and get done, because the boss will come to them to find out what and how the team is doing. she is like the representative of your team and you guys need to follow her directions, but i agree with you as a leader she needs to lead by example and demonstrate the kind of work ethic she wants out of you guys.