Boss or Leader? Your Choice!

by Pastor Alton Trimble

Daily Word for Wednesday, May 20, 2015


I once read a statement that distinguished between a boss and a leader. The statement went as follows:

“A boss creates fear; a leader creates confidence. Bossism creates resentment; leadership breeds enthusiasm. A boss says, “I” while a leader says, “we.” A boss fixes blame; a leader fixes mistakes. A boss knows how; a leader shows how. Bossism makes work drudgery; leadership makes work interesting. A boss relies on authority; a leader relies on cooperation. A boss drives; a leader leads.”

We all want to be good leaders. So what will help us accomplish that goal?

Consider the following 3 points:

1. Never ever abandon your faith.

• For some, faith is the first thing to go.
• Leaders have more than fair-weather faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 – For we walk by faith, not by sight. 

1 John 5:4 – For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.

2. Lead out loud.

• Speak with encouragement
• Speak with conviction.
• Speak with authority.

Philippians 4:13 – For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

3. Be honest about what’s ahead.

• Be revealing versus concealing.
• The road to success is filled with difficulty and challenges.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 – But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—

Today, meditate on these skill-developing concepts and invite the Holy Spirit to aid you in incorporating them in your leadership strategies.

One thought on “Boss or Leader? Your Choice!

  1. Michael

    Amen PT!!! I am going to add these three additional points to the ‘5 Keys to Leadership’ in my office. The Bible is more insightful on how to lead than any MBA course I sat through.

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