Taking the Lead

In most group activities, there’s always a person who would take the initiative, if not chosen, to be the head of the group. But how does he do his part at times like these? I’ve seen a certain photo about the difference between being a boss and being a leader on Facebook not so long ago which looks kind of like the one in here:

I don’t think what it’s trying to say is that every boss is an arrogant, self-righteous, self-seeking individual. I think it just wants to distinguish two kinds of people: one who’s like an autocrat and the other who’s like an egalitarian.

From my own observations, a group with a “leader” rather than a “boss” has a nicer atmosphere; the members are happy (except of course during crunch times and the like), people are nicer, and most of the time, the output is better. I’ve seen groups lead by “bosses,” and still manage to make good outputs. However, during the process of making those outputs, the members had to act like slaves (not in an “I own your lives” kind of slavery but more like a “Just do what I order you to do” kind). If you lead a group, would you like to be remembered as the “boss” who drove people around? Even if you say “well, good results are what matters,” still, I think it’s better if you would be nicer with the members of your group. Having a good relationship with everyone is, most of the time, better after all.

So are you a boss or a leader?

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6 thoughts on “Taking the Lead

  1. I totally agree Zaldivar! It’s always better to be a Leader than a boss. It’s the good memories and the proper interaction with your group mates that matter. At the end of the day, it’s not how well the product of your group work that matters, because it’s going to be forgotten after a short period of time. But what will remain in the hearts and in the minds of your group mates is who you are and how well you presented yourself as a leader and as a friend.

  2. You have an interesting topic. Between the two, I would prefer the leader. I think one advantage of being a leader is that they will respect you not because they are afraid of you but because you also respect your groupmates. Although you aim to produce a quality output, what will matter more is how you worked together and how you treat them as comrades not slaves.

  3. It is really great that you differentiate a Leader from a boss. For instance, a group would be more efficient and active if the one leading them is a Leader rather than a Boss. If it is with a Leader, then the people in the group will be well taken care of. The Leader is not only after the output produce but also take into consideration the well being of every member of the group. And that for me is the essence of leading. 🙂

  4. Having a higher position than others doesn’t mean more power over them. It can always be rooted that a good leader must also be a good follower. I remember my elder brother saying, “‘Pag oras ng trabaho, trabaho. Mas mataas man ang rangko ko sa inyo, pantay-pantay lang tayo dito.”

  5. I think leadership (as well as fame) can make or break a person. Being able to become a leader given the power and opportunity is where you see a person’s ability to handle pressure and this can somehow define the person.

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