Are You a Boss or a Leader?



Being an effective manager can have a great impact on your organization’s employees and overall success. However, there are two types of management styles; being a boss and being a leader. A leadership management role may take more personal effort and time, while contributing to growth to the organization. Holding a role as a regular boss however, can have a gradually negative impact. As employees look up to their bosses for advice, advancement, and tips to gradually succeed, managers who are disengaged (boss) can be responsible for an organization’s turnover rate.  According to a Gallup study, only 35% of managers are engaged in with their employees. This is a real eye-opener as managers have a great role in mentoring and helping workers reach success within the company. As we all know, practice makes perfect, therefore you won’t become a successful leader overnight. However, by establishing these qualities in your daily habits, you can be on your way to becoming a leader within your organization,.


Team Work

One difference between bosses and leaders is the way that interaction takes place within the workfield. For example, a boss typically tends to focus on his or her own goals and the progress of their position. A boss does not envision the company as a whole, but rather the department they belong to.  However, a leader sees the organization as a team-oriented environment, therefore will portray it that way. A leader will see team-work as one of the most crucial aspects in company engagement and development. A leader knows that each part of a company makes up the overall organization and will determine success or failure. Without the contribution and help of others, a business will ultimately fail.



As mentioned, part of understanding an organization’s overall success is understanding each little piece that makes up a company, especially employees. Without happy and determined employees, organizations wouldn’t be able to reach their objectives. As a leader understands this concept, they focus on creating an engaging environment which will ultimately help employees develop themselves and reach their goals. Most employees take a job in hopes of making a difference, gaining experience, setting and reaching their goals, and overall developing themselves as a professional. Leaders understand this and will contribute to helping their employees, as bosses tend to focus on reaching numbers and goals that impact their position.


Strategic Visions

Another important aspect that differentiates a boss and a leader is the long-term goals and visions. A boss will focus on goals that make an impact around his or her position, typically being short-term. A boss does not focus on the little things that can help reach an overall objective. As a boss does not focus around the different aspects of an overall organization and plans for the future, he or she will not put through full effort into achieving those visions.  However, a leader focuses on long-term visions and the planning and strategies that are taken into account in order to reach future goals. A leader takes every step and daily habit as a learning opportunity that will ultimately help reach success. A leader will also use planning strategies to help ensure the next step is achieved towards the end goal.