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A member of my team sent this picture to me this morning:
For those of you with direct reports, how important is it to your department that you are seen as the "leader" as opposed to the "boss?" Is there ever a case that being the "boss" is beneficial, or is it always a detriment to the productivity of your team? Would your department see a change in productivity or efficiency if you assumed one role over the other?
I'm curious to hear from some professionals in an industry that prides itself on phrases like "it's the car business, you have to have thick skin" and "if you don't like it there's the door" management styles. Clearly the graphic is designed to praise a "leader," but is this management style really a good fit for the auto industry? Is this depiction of a "leader" really a weak manager in application?
What do you think, should an automotive manager be a "leader" or a "boss?"