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Feb 6, 2018

What is the difference between a leader and a boss? Is there truly difference or are we just splitting hairs.


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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel. 


*Professor Paul*

Alright, welcome back to another episode of Morning Mindset. I am, once again, still remain your host Paul G. Markel. Today we’re going to talk about the difference between Leaders or Bosses. Now we’ve talked a little bit about ^Leadership up to this point in time, but we’re going to focus this time really heavily on Leadership and Leadership qualities, during the next two weeks.

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There’s a very important reason behind that; #1 I believe that the United States of America right now has a critical shortage of Leaders, and I don’t mean Politicians and I don’t mean Bosses, and I don’t mean those who have been put in charge of us. I mean Genuine Leaders. Now many of you have seen the posters, especially at your workplace, you know. “A boss says” or “A Leader says”, or what have you, you know various motivational posters that you can buy online and put up in the break rooms and so forth, but is there a genuine difference between a Leader and a Boss?

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Or are we really just splitting hairs? Now again, when I was in the ^United States Marine Corps, actually I became, I was given a Leadership position, I was put in a Leadership position relatively early on. I was a Lance Corporal [LCpl], and a LCpl for those of you who don’t know is an E3, which is a relatively low rank in the military. But back when I was in, they didn’t have a whole lot of money to pay people, and promotions mean money, I mean promotions also mean responsibility and leadership and so forth, but they also mean money. It was pretty tough to get promoted back in the mid-80’s.

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Especially in the United States Marine Corps, so what you had quite often is people of lower ranks, such as an E3 or a LCpl performing the job of a Corporal, which is an E4 would be doing, and you have very similar situations, the Corporal would be doing the job of a Sergeant and so forth. So when I was a LCpl, *laugh* if you’ve ever been in the military I’ll tell you I was a Senior Lance, I was a LCpl that had some experience behind him, and I was put in charge of a team, a team of four individuals. So there was myself and four other guys, and I was their Leader. At the time I was probably… 21-22 age range, and I have four people underneath me that I was responsible for.

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I was responsible for being their Leader, not their Boss. Now technically since I was put in a Leadership or, ya know I was *fumbles* I was a Team Leader, that’s what I was called I was a Team Leader on the U.S.S. Forrestal. So I had the legitimate authority, but you’re not supposed to just rest on that authority, say “Well, I’m in charge so you have to-”. I remember when we were going through our Leadership coaching, our Staff Sergeants and Sergeants would coach us young guys on How to Be a Leader, and we had to learn all 14 United States Marine Corps Leadership traits and memorize them and discuss them and understand what they all meant so that we could be effective Leaders.

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Now you don’t become an effective leader overnight, it takes time. You actually want to take the time to coach your leaders, to start them out small and then build upon that. You don’t just hand someone a Leadership position and say “Okay, you’re in charge of 100 people today”. You shouldn’t, that’s not the way you should do it. Now I remember having a little poster or what have you in the Marine detachment, and it said stuff like this; A Boss says “I”, a Leader says “We”. You know, “A Boss depends on their Authority, a Leader depends on Good Will”, “A Boss inspires Fear, a Leader inspires Enthusiasm” and so forth. “A Boss says ‘Go Do It’, a Leader says ‘Let’s Get It Done’.”

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So on and so forth, and you guys have probably seen them, but I really, genuinely believe, as I sit here in my studio talking into my Zoom recorder so that you guys can hear this, that in America today, we have a genuine crisis in Leadership. We have our Bosses and we have authority figures and we have politicians who have created bureaucracies, and they tell us what we have to do. We have politicians that rely on their executive authority to enforce their will, but how many genuine Leaders do we have in America? Whether you’re for President Trump or against him, and if you’re against him I don’t really know what you’re doing here, but the fact is the reason that Donald Trump became the President of the United States was, whether they expressed it outloud or not, the people of America are fed up with Bosses and Politicians.

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Donald Trump became the President of the United States of America because millions upon millions upon millions of Americans all agreed on one point; that they were tired of Bosses, that they were tired of the standard Politician. That instead, they wanted Leadership. Yes, that’s what Donald Trump offered the people a year and a half ago or so, he offered them Leadership. He didn’t just say “Well I’m gonna be in charge and you have to do what I say.” Or he didn’t say and do the typical Politician role where “I’m gonna offer you free stuff, and I’m gonna be the guy who offers you the most free stuff, so vote for me.”

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He was not a typical Politician, and he is still governing as not a typical Politician, he’s governing as a Leaders which has people, the typical Washington insiders and the media pundits and so forth, they don’t know how to deal with it. Because all their lives they’ve dealt with a standard, cookie-cutter Politician, a Politician who panders to the people, who doesn’t inspire Leadership. We haven’t had a genuine Leader as President since Ronald Reagan left office. We’ve had Politicians, who put their finger in the air and decide what will be popular, and once they figure out what will be popular, that’s where the govern from.

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A position of “Who Wants What?” or middle of the road so [they] don’t offend anyone. That’s not how Leaders behave, leaders aren’t people who put their fingers in the air and decide what’s popular and go that direction. A Leader knows that there’s a mission that needs to be accomplished, and a Leader understands that the priority is to accomplish that mission, not be worried about people’s feelings. Now a Leader doesn’t go out and deliberately hurt people’s feelings, but a Leader doesn’t change his position based off of how certain people may or may not feel. Because if you do that, you’re completely ineffective as a Leader, you can not be an effective Leader if you’re constantly worried that your choices are going to hurt someone’s feelings.

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A Leader looks at the mission and says “Okay, this is the mission”, whatever it happens to be. Maybe your mission is you have to produce X,000 number of Widgets and you have to Ship & Deliver them by a certain date. That’s your mission. A Leader doesn’t say “Ehhh, well we promised the customer, the client we’d have X,000 widgets delivered to them by this date, but I know a lot of you guys have a lot of other stuff to do, and I don’t wanna rush you, and I don’t want you to feel like I’m bossy or telling you what to do”. No a Leader says “Hey everyone, this is our mission, and this is our plan to accomplish this mission, and I’m gonna monitor you guys, I’m gonna monitor your progress and we’re going to get this done.”

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Now it may not be that explicit, it may be other things, but if you’re a parent, you’re supposed to be a Leader. You’re supposed to set the example and that’s what Leaders do, they set the example for the troops or the people that they are leading, and as a Parent you set the example for your children. So I do genuinely believe that one of my missions in life is to help you and all the people I encounter, to be a better Leader. Not necessarily to be a Boss, and especially not to be a Politician, but to be a Leader. Because for the United States of America, and you may be listening to this somewhere else, but at least for the United States of America, for us to succeed, for us to grow and I guess get back to the greatness that we once were, we’re going to need Leaders.

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People who aren’t concerned about hurting feelings, people who aren’t concerned about political correctness, and people who aren’t concerned about just being in charge. Because it’s easy to say “I’m a Boss, if you don’t do what I say I’m gonna fire you or punish you”, that’s not a Leader. We have Politicians that are like “If you don’t do what I say, if you peasants don’t do what I say, we’re going to send out men with guns and we’re gonna force you to do it!” That’s not what a Leader does, a Leader doesn’t have to force you at gunpoint, Leaders don’t have to threaten you, and in the U.S.A. we desperately need more Leaders, on every level.

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Like I said, when you’re a Leader you don’t necessarily start out with 100 or 1,000 people, you may start out with just a couple, just a few. That’s what they do in the Marine Corps, that’s what they do in the Military, they start you off small, you’re in charge of 2-3-4 people, then a squad, then a platoon, then a company and, if you’re never in the military squads and smaller, then platoons and so forth. Battalion, a regiment, and army, what have you, but you don’t get that overnight. So what we’re going to do, and I kind of wanted to set this up with this episode, is for the next 14 days, I’m going to focus on the United States Marine Corps Leadership traits, one at a time per show, and what I would suggest if you are genuinely serious about becoming a Leader, and you say “Well Paul, I’m not really in that position right now. I’m just a worker, I just have A job, I’m not in a position to be a Leader.” I betcha that you are.

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I betcha that in some way or some area of your life, that you can be an effective Leader. Whether it’s as a coach, whether it’s as a parent, whether it’s being a Leader to your friends or peer group. Everyone has an opportunity to be an effective Leader, and what we’re gonna focus on over the next 14 days is ways that you can improve your Leadership traits, and you can be a better Leader to those around you. Alright that’s it, and if you’d like to avail yourself to the written work of yours truly Paul G. Markel, you can go to ^Amazon.com and you can shop around, you can pick up any of the books by myself in paperback form or kindle form. Alright guys, I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


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*Alex*

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