Are You a Boss or a Leader?

I recently attended a leadership workshop with Michelle Crosby, Ph.D. of Crosby Consulting and enjoyed her presentation including interaction from the room ultimately finding that managers and leaders have two completely different styles – yet we need them both. Attendees were asked to shout out some qualities they see in managers. Some of their contributions were task-oriented, follow-up, delegate, reporting, manager of day-to-day and so on. For leader our group came up with vision, strategic, inspire, provide direction, guide and more along these lines.

We quickly realized that we need managers and leaders in an organization to be high-functioning. You need those managers to ensure the nitty gritty is getting done and that it is done properly and we need leaders to provide vision for the future and growth opportunities by their guidance. I enjoyed the session and it made me think about how I plan to lead and manage my team; whether I am leading 1 or 100 I now know what I want my team to say about me. Remember as assistants working with managers and leaders every day we still have the opportunity to provide leadership. We may have a team that reports to us or we may be part of a team, special project, community involvement, volunteerism – all great opportunities to showcase your leadership skills.

Somewhat coincidental Joan was doing a leadership program the week prior for one of her clients and I made a handout of a leadership poem that I want to share with you today.

Are You a Boss or a Leader?

The boss commands;
the leaders asks.
The boss drives his people;
the leader coaches them.
The boss uses people;
the leader develops them.
The boss depends on authority;
the leader on goodwill.
The boss inspires fear;
the leader inspires enthusiasm.
The boss says, “I”;
the leader says, “We.”
The boss says, “go”;
the leader says, “Let’s go.”
The boss knows how it’s done;
the leader shows how.
The boss fixes blame for the breakdown;
the leader fixes the breakdown.
The boss sees today;
the leader also looks at tomorrow.
The boss never has enough time;
the leader makes time for things that count.
The boss is concerned with things;
the leader is concerned with people.
The boss let’s his people know where he stands;
the leader let’s his people know where they stand.
The boss works hard to produce;
the leader works hard to help his people produce.
The boss takes the credit;
the leader gives it.

— Leo Hawkins & Associates, Inc.

I hope you enjoy your day – lead on!


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