In his book “Up the Organization”, Robert Townsend gives 10 evaluation criteria that you can use to rate your boss as a leader.
Here is, in a nutshell, the difference between a boss and a leader: a boss is someone who was appointed by the organization to manage a team. A leader, on the other hand, is someone in the organization who inspires people. A boss pushes people to work, a leader pulls them towards his vision. Some bosses are leaders, others are just managers. For a brief comparison between (bad) boss and leader characteristics, you may refer to the info-graphic at the end of this post.
Back to Townsend’s criteria, the author suggests that you score each of the following characteristics from 0 to 10, the total (from 0 to 100) is you boss’s rating. How much is your boss :
- tough. Won’t let top management or important outsiders waste his time or his people’s time. Is more jealous of his people’s time than he is of his own.
- effective. Teaches me to bring him my mistakes with what I’ve learned (if anything) and done about them (if anything). Teaches me not to interrupt him with possible good news on which no action is needed.
- patient. Knows when to bite the bullet until I solve my own problem.
If the total is below 50, look for another job.