Leadership is valued greatly these days. Company boards are taking leadership courses, everyone is trying to get followers or audience rather than customers… In this rush towards leadership, companies often skip a crucial part (which is probably the main reason why leadership is not solving your problems the way you figured it would): The boss is not necessarily the leader.
It’s easy to think of the boss as the leader since there are quite some similarities (dedication, responsibility, final decision…). There is however one extremely important difference: a leader is followed because he/she earned respect. A boss is the person we listen to because he/she is higher in rank. This does not mean that a boss can’t be a leader, but it’s really difficult to figure out whether people are agreeing with you because your the boss or because they actually believe you.
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