How to Become a True Leader and Not Just a Rude Boss

How to Become a True Leader and Not Just a Rude Boss

Vartika Kashyap 31/01/2020 4

The leader versus boss debate is never ending. However, after working so hard for so many years, I have got a few insights that I believe can bring this debate to a constructive conclusion. 

After tons of consideration and a careful evaluation of my experience at ProofHub, I bring forth the following winning characteristics of true leadership in the leader versus boss debate. 

Here we go!

1. A Leader Has a High Emotional Quotient

Bosses are subject matter experts. But leaders are emotional and people expert. Great leaders have the perfect reactions and strategies for everyday workplace scenarios. And that’s because they’re well aware of other’s feelings and are in tune with their own feelings. 

2. A Leader Depends on Influence, Not Authority

One of the biggest differences between the boss and leader is authority dependency. While a boss depends on the power that comes along with the position and title, a leader creates an influence that is not dependent on power or position.

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3. A Leader Wants You to Be More Successful Than She/He Is

This is a huge one. A boss always wants to be the boss. On the contrary, a leader wants others to become the boss. They would proudly help an employee build a career progression plan and make it a reality.

4. A Leader Gets Joy From Others’ Successes

I can’t express how much happiness and joy I get whenever I see my team members excel in their professional as well as personal life. It’s just amazing. But one can rarely expect such a thing from a boss. Bosses usually get pleasure from being recognized for a great job. 

5. A Leader Is Driven by Passion and Purpose

Leaders are always motivated by the passion and purpose they carry dearly. Bosses are driven by fear and reaction. Also, most bosses nurture an atmosphere of fear so that people tell them what they want to hear. In challenging times of change, a leader stays driven by his/her passion and keeps others motivated too. 


The differences between leadership and management are simple—bosses manage their employees, while leaders inspire and strive for innovation and perfection. What you want to become is completely your choice. 

My suggestion: Be the latter. Be more like a LEADER and less like a BOSS. 

Make sure to share your ideas and experiences in the comments below!

Author Bio

Vartika Kashyap is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub — leading project management software. From contributing to websites such as The Huffington Post,, Elearning, Dzone, and The Next Web to becoming LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017 and 2018, she has recognised amazing new ways to reach the audience. She weaves stories about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, and common workplace events. She also loves to read and travel to new places.

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  • Lea Marshall

    Understanding the difference between the two really helps to become a better manager.

  • Ross Williams

    I've only worked for bosses.....

  • Dean Andrew

    Leaders get in the trenches with their troops, so to speak.

  • Ben Munday

    Good post, thanks for sharing Vartika.

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Vartika Kashyap

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Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.  


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