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Are you a boss or a leader?

October 16 is National Boss’s Day in the USA. It was created in the late 1950s to strengthen the bond between employer and employee  – a day for workers to thank their bosses for being kind and fair throughout the year (hopefully!)

It got us Elephants thinking– what’s the difference between a boss and a leader, and should Boss’s Day be celebrated in the UK?

One famous American Theodore Roosevelt said:

The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. 

We are in the business of helping companies grow and develop, and leadership is one of the most important ingredients in any enterprise. We’ve seen examples of great leadership that inspires and motivates, and we’ve helped identify poor leadership that threatens and blames.

As said by Russel H Ewing:

A boss creates fear, a leader confidence. A boss fixes blame, a leader corrects mistakes. A boss knows all, a leader asks questions. 

In parts of the USA, Boss’s Day is marked with cards and gifts to managers from their team. We also suspect its marked with a degree of awkwardness. And not just on the part of workers. A good leader will probably feel that it should be the other way around – he or she should be rewarding the team for a year of hard work and dedication.

Boss or leader? –  this graphic illustrates the differences nicely.

boss or leader

What do you think? …….

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