5. People want their boss's position. They want their leader's character.
When people have a boss, the thought process is usually something like “I want to be the boss so I can do the job better than them.”
When people have a leader, they think “I want to be like them so I can be a better leader.”
6. People want a leader in their lives. They want the boss off their backs.
Maybe the number one way to tell if a person is a boss or a leader is to see how people behave when they’re left alone.
Have people bought into the vision and mission so much that they’ll work just as hard when no one is watching? If so, they’re being led. If they can’t wait to be on their own so they can goof off, they have a boss.
7. Bosses motivate from the outside. Leaders do it from the inside.
If you’re a boss, the only way to motivate people is externally. By reward and/or punishment.
But leaders motivate people internally to adopt the vision for themselves.
Jesus always cast a compelling vision, motivated from the inside-out. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” (John 13:34)
8. People want a boss who's easy on them. They want a leader who challenges them.
People aren’t naturally lazy. Laziness comes from lack of internal motivation.
How did Jesus change the world starting with 12 argumentative, sometimes clueless disciples? He loved them, then challenged them with the biggest mission ever. Go everywhere and preach the Gospel to everyone (Mark 16:15).
9. Bosses hire and fire. Leaders train.
Jesus never did anything with his disciples without showing them, training them, sending them, then assessing them (Luke 10).
Bosses hire people with the skills they need, then fire them when they can’t keep up. Leaders also need to hire and fire, but it’s more about teachability than pre-packaged competence.
10. Leaders are under authority. Bosses are in charge.
One of the greatest compliments Jesus ever gave wasn’t to a disciple, but to a centurion who expressed the greatest faith he had ever seen (Matthew 8).
The centurion knew Jesus could heal his daughter without even coming near her. Just say the word.
As a soldier under someone else’s charge, he knew that all real power comes from being under authority, not by being a lone wolf boss.