Wednesday, March 29

Boss vs. Leader 

This just in from John Williamson in the UK:
I've just come across these words by H. Gordon Selfridge and thought I'd share them with you:

The boss drives his men: the leader coaches them.

The boss depends upon authority; the leader on goodwill.

The boss inspires fear; the leader inspires enthusiasm.

The boss says 'I'; the leader says 'we'.

The boss says 'Get here on time'; the leader gets there ahead of time.

The boss fixes the blame for the breakdown; the leader fixes the breakdown.

The boss knows how it is done; the leader shows how.

The boss makes work a drudgery; the leader makes work a game.

The boss says 'Go'; the leader says 'Let's go.'

In my opinion, sometimes you have to be 'the boss' and sometimes you have to be 'the leader'. A lot depends upon the kind of business and the type of manpower resources you have to work with. What has been your experiences, what do you think?

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