Boss vs Leader from TapMyBack

João Duarte is a Marketing Manager at TapMyBack. TapMyBack is an app that gives team members the motivation to keep improving their productivity and work performance. And in the name of team motivation; here’s João’s thoughts on the difference between Boss vs Leader…

Boss vs Leader

Working as a growth hacker in Build Up Labs, a startup studio, makes me deal with several digital tools on an ultra fast pace. The ones leading in ecosystems where teams are on constant loops of  ideation and disruption managing the  growth of several products/startups have a really hard task keeping the team motivated. This journey, the commonly referred  rollercoaster, needs a leader and no boss. The article below highlights the main differences between a boss and a leader and why the first is unable to manage teams successfully on such environments.


More and more, leadership is evolving. People don’t respond as they used to to traditional management. The old boss who gives order is dying. Thank God! A leader should inspire and lead by example. To whom who might think they are the same, let’s see some differences:


Boss: You’re having problems at home? And? You should keep your personal problems away from work.

Leader: You’re having problems at home? If you need to take a day of to sort them out, just let me know.

Team spirit

Boss: As I said yesterday…

Leader: As we discussed yesterday…

People development

Boss: You should know how to do this with your eyes closed!

Leader: I signed you up for a workshop so you can learn how to do this.

Respect vs fear

Boss: If you fail, you’ll suffer the consequences.

Leader: I’ve failed a lot of times. If you fail, it’s an opportunity to learn.


Boss: Let me check everything you’ve done before you send it.

Leader: Just send it, I trust your decisions.


Boss: Tomorrow you’ll have to work late.

Leader: Tomorrow we’ll have to work a couple more hours. Who’s with me?


Boss: We need instant results!

Leader: This will pay off in the future.


Boss: Bye,

Leader: Let’s grab a beer after work?

Processes vs people

Boss: We have to invest in better computers.

Leader: We have to invest in HR and talent development.


Boss: I’m very proud of the work I’ve done.

Leader: Congratulations to all of you! You’ve done it again!

Boss vs Leader Summation

Fortunately, we think the old habits are dying and more and more team leaders are adopting and being hired by their inspirational side. Leaders praise, leaders recognise their staff to keep them motivated. A great way to start being a leader today is to use Tap My Back, an employee recognition app software that will boost your team engagement and make it stronger! You can try it here for free.

Author: Guest Writer