I saw this picture on Facebook, posted by “Trust Me, I’m an Engineer” – a popular site for us engineers.
You often see the written word on the difference between a boss and a leader. But a photo sometimes can just illustrate it better and help us grasp a concept.
Here’s another example from The Food Network’s Show “Chef Wanted: With Anne Burrell.” Two chefs competing for one spot as an executive chef battle it out by making dinner for the restaurant, compiling the menu, cooking, and directing the kitchen during the meal. The first chef told his team and line cooks that he had faith THEY would produce a great meal and be successful. The second chef told that same group to “make ME look good.” And oh how I cheered for the first chef to win based alone on his demeanor in handling his team. He didn’t; chef two put out a superior dish. But based on their interactions with the kitchen staff, I know what chef I would want as my boss.
Take Away: What do you think defines a leader? Are you a boss or a leader? What do you want to be?