You may be the boss, but are you a leader? Bosses order, leaders persuade. People obey bosses. People follow leaders. Being bossed brings drudgery. Being led brings fulfillment.
I read this article by my friend Craig VanSlyke at the start of the new year and have been reflecting on it since. He really does a nice job of outlining the differences between a boss and leader. The one area where I would slightly disagree, only slightly, is that a good leader can create an organizational vision. By creating a vision that is the organization’s people move from doing things that they don’t want to do, to actually wanting to do it. Now, I guess we could debate what it really means to not want to do things. I do things every day that I would really prefer not, but overall I do them because I believe in where we are heading.
Great article that is well worth the 5 minutes to read….and great things happening in the W.A. Franke College of Business. I look forward to learning more.