I cringe when someone on my team calls me “the boss.” It doesn’t happen often, thankfully, and never by team members who work very closely with me. I would much rather be described as someone’s leader than as their boss.
My goal is to be a leader that leads other leaders. I believe in John Maxwell’s definition that leadership is influence; nothing more and nothing less. Being a leader is about more than merely holding a title or position.
This is a great chart that shows the differences between being a boss and being a leader. All of these resonate with me and are actions I try to be committed to while working with my team.