Management Minute: Boss or Leader

One of my mentors often spoke about the distinction between “positional authority” (Boss) and “relational authority” (Leader). What he was referring to, at its root, was very similar to what is described in the image here.


Most of us aspire to be leaders (who doesn’t, right?) but the truth is we are each a mix of both. My challenge to you each in the coming week is to think about each of the points in this image and reflect on your own patterns.

  • Where are you doing well at leading?
  • Where could you use improvement?
  • What is one thing you can start (or stop) doing to improve in one of these areas?

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