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leader vs boss

Seven points differentiating The Boss and The Leader

The best leader is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it. – Theodore Roosevelt

leader vs bossWhen someone says Boss, the mind immediately designs the picture of a fellow with a finger-pointing attitude. Today, even with the introduction of open-culture in different segments of working some bosses are not affable and this ultimately results as a bad omen for their image before their subordinates. On the other hand a leader is a person who grows with the team, who believes in being the part of the change and always ready to wear the hat of the subordinates.

Do you believe you are a good boss? Do you believe you are a leader? But do you think you are a boss wrapped in the skin of a leader? I have tried to figure out seven points which I feel act as a hindrance in the way of a boss becoming a good leader. A slight change in the attitude can simply change the way of thinking and change the results tremendously.

1. Boss preaches; Leader teaches: There is a quality in a boss to preach his subordinates about the scenarios. He is always ready to deliver a speech on current situations but don’t have an attitude of making his hands dirty. On the other hand the leader instead of pontificating believes in listening, engaging, observing and learning. A leader is the one who strives with his team or group for the best output and enables the team to perform without his presence. The leader teaches about the self-learning while boss preaches the already defined concepts.

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I am leader

I am a Leader because…

I am leaderA genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. ~ Nelson Mandela 

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

These are few of the quotes from the renowned and brilliant leaders the history ever had and I have started this article with these quotes as I admire these leaders the most. People talk about changes and different aspects of how to see the changes but I believe the only way to change is to be the part of the change. In this simple article I will try to bring forth different aspects on why should I be called as a Leader?

I am a Leader because:

I am the captain of the ship: Like captain of a ship is responsible for the life of hundreds of commuters, I being the leader of a group am responsible for the growth of the people in the group. I being the captain have the responsibility to take right decisions at right time. As the captain of the drowning ship is the last fellow to jump off the ship, I being the leader have the duty to save my group during the crisis.

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Seven Habits of a Successful BA

In the current working culture and a cut-throat competition everyone is putting hard to be a out-performer  There is a vast difference between the task performed by a professional rather than an amateur. This difference in quality of work comes with the experience and the process followed by an expert. As they say, “I don’t know the reason of success, but certainly failed becauseseven-habits of pleasing everyone”. A professional believes in his way of working and each time gets recognized among the peers and subordinates and also at the senior levels.

There is no hidden magic behind being a successful BA but because of the highly valued skills and competence level separates a successful rather star BA from the crowd. There are many qualities a BA should possess as his responsibility is quite distinguished and vary at different levels of the work performed and among different hierarchy levels. But I believe that these qualities to be a successful BA can be developed if s/he follows certain habits. I can think of 7 such habits which a successful BA should possess.

1)     Believe in eliciting rather gathering:

Requirement gathering is the foremost quality of any business analyst, but the important aspect is how smartly the work is done so that there is no ambiguity in the final version of the requirement details. Hence it is always recommended that a BA should think of certain different methods to collect the information from different stakeholders. The detail of requirement gathering is well explained in BABOK but I think eliciting the requirement is rather more important in this aspect. A successful BA always believes in eliciting the requirements using certain tactics like prototyping, brainstorming, interviewing etc. The elicitation always moors the BA from getting wrong information. Continue reading