Boss vs. Leader 🤦‍♂️🙋‍♂️

In Blog, Hustle Podcast by Eric Byrnes

Had a very interesting conversation with a couple buddies the other day in a very casual hang session…

One of my dudes was experiencing frustration because at his work he feels like he is a slave to management. This guy happens to be an incredibly innovative go getter that lives for pushing the envelope and trying new things that could potentially help the entire industry. To say he thinks outside the box is a complete and total understatement. Yet, for as many ideas as he has, he constantly gets shut down and I can tell it’s starting to take its toll…

While having the conversation, our other buddy joined in and said:

“That’s the difference between a boss and a leader.”

Whoa… Let’s dive into this one. ☝️

He continued by saying a boss is afraid to fail and try new things… A boss is somebody who lacks any real communication skills and generally only engages to bark orders or reprimand those beneath him… A boss thinks about his own job security before making any decision, and as much as he pretends to care about the overall well being of the company, so long as his paychecks come in, he doesn’t give a f*ck… A boss defines a limited mindset consumed with the status quo…

Ok… Sounds a bit harsh, but what about a leader???

A leader is somebody leads by example… A leader is somebody who isn’t afraid to fail because leaders know there is no progress without facing obstacles head on and leaping over hurdles… A leader is somebody who gets in the trenches and grinds it out with the squad… Leaders have a vision well beyond themselves and their own well being… They genuinely care about the overall product and the mission of the team just so happens to be their “WHY.” Leaders will rarely ever use “I.” Leaders use “WE” and encourage free-thinking innovation predicated on communication…

Damn… So what do we do if we are stuck with a boss?

The exact same fucking thing we would do if we had an actual leader at the helm…

We continue to charge forward with passion and creativity… We continue to be great communicators seeking ways to improve the product and the industry… We continue to not take our feelings personal, and when we fail, we are grateful for the obstacle and the experience…

Oftentimes, we can’t control who we are forced to work with, but we can control our reaction to any cynicism and negativity by simply living our lives and doing our jobs…

That said, if we ever find ourselves in a boss/leader position, probably a good idea we know the difference. 🤷‍♂️

-EB