The Differences Between a Boss and a Leader

Boss vs leader

Why do you have to know these? Because in life, your profession is one of the most important aspects, and our borrowed time on earth is too short to work for a boss. Put your efforts where it won’t be wasted; work for a leader instead!

Handling Employees

A boss drives employees and orders them to “go,” but a leader inspires his subordinates and tells them, “Let’s go.”

When it comes to achieving goals, a boss will prioritize how productive you are for the day. He would probably think numbers or sales are more important than your well-being. A leader, on the other hand, cares more about your welfare. For things to be done, a boss concentrates on instilling authority, but a leader focuses on respect and honor.

When you’ve done something wrong, a leader won’t scold you in public; instead, he will give you constructive criticism in private. A boss cannot do that because of his pride.

A boss is one who has favorite employees, but a leader establishes and encourages equal relationships; he shows no favoritism.

A leader respects his workers’ time by being punctual, but a boss is an exact opposite.

Boss vs leader


You’ll also know you’re dealing with a boss if he terrifies you every time he enters the room. That’s because bosses stimulate fear, but leaders inspire enthusiasm. You’ll know you’re working for a leader if his aura energizes you and motivates you to work harder and love your job. Leaders are like LED grow lights; they give light to plants, but bosses are like a long dark tunnel with no end.

A boss is selfish—he thinks of himself more often than necessary, and would even take credit for the things he did not accomplish. He won’t mention others’ hard work; instead, he’ll focus on tooting his own horn. But a leader knows how to humble himself down and put his employees first. He also knows how to greet credit.

Bosses are like abused marijuana; they make you weak. Leaders are correctly used cannabis; they can relieve your stress and make you smarter.

A leader knows how to apologize if he was mistaken, but a boss would rather blame his workers. This is because a leader knows he has much to learn from them as well, but a boss acts like someone who knows it all—an omniscient.

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