A leader can be a regular employee and a boss is not necessarily a leader.
But both can overlap in an ideal scenario.
A boss within an organization is someone in a managerial capability who is entitled to assigning tasks, managing team resources, budgeting, and navigating the decision-making process. This could be done effectively—or not.
A leader, on the other end, is someone who inspires and supports the needs of the team. They are ready to take a bullet for the team and work harder than everyone in order to get things back on the right track.
Leaders often convey confidence as they need to project their energy to everyone else. This is one of the critical points whereas people misread bossy managers who fail in leadership.
You can be a leader without receiving a promotion on your team. Help your team members and make sure that they don’t feel blue or depressed in the event of work overload. Motivate them. Find their strengths and help to develop them further.
Leadership may take many forms but a great leader is never disrespectful, cocky, arrogant. That’s how you can differentiate a leader from a boss.
Leaders are humble yet they recognize their value.
They are tasked to make tough decisions but enforce them with finesse.
They manage stress and overcome obstacles in a reasonable and justified way—sticking to their principles and what’s best for the organization or community.