Originally published on Conscious.
By equating a boss with a leader, do we limit the potential of everyone to be a leader?
A "boss" is just a title, whereas leadership shows up in a variety of forms in all people. By limiting leadership only to the bosses, is the organization limiting itself?
Leaders care about why things get done. Bosses just want things to get done.
Bosses maintain order for the sake of order. Leaders introduce order for the sake of progress.
“What’s this person going to think of me if I don’t get this done?” vs. “What am I going to think of this person if they don’t pick the right thing to get done?”
Leaders facilitate. Bosses manage.
Boil it down to the most basic level, and even “boss” and “leader” are just labels. The true question is this, “Is everyone in the organization facilitating progress towards what matters?”
Is your boss a leader? If not, what can you do to challenge them to be a leader? Since this can be a sensitive topic not easily shared via public comments, email me your thoughts. I'm curious about transforming bosses to leaders from the bottom up and I'd love to hear from you.