Being a Boss – Being a Leader

For many people, their main goal is to rise to the top.

Work their way up the corporate ladder – or whichever ladder they happen to choose – and be the boss.

We get a job. We work and work and work. Put the time, energy, and effort in. All so that we can climb the hierarchy. Climb the payroll system. Climb up – all the way to the top.

It starts with having the responsibility of one or two people under you. Then more and more until you’re a boss. And then The boss.

Thats what you wanted right?

A successful career where you’re coming home with a thick wallet, a heavy portfolio, an impressive resume, and a legion of minions.

Who doesn’t want a minion?!

What could be better then someone – or a league of someones running around doing as their told and doing your work for you?

To be fair – for the most, part, it doesn’t sound like that bad of a deal – for you. The Boss.

Now how happy are these people under you? We all generally expect to work for someone and are for the most part content to go about our days serving and working and making enough to continue living the lifestyles we choose.

But what if instead of being told – we were being lead? Or instead of ‘bossing’, we were ‘leading’.

While these two things may sound like they are the same, they are in fact very different.

A boss tells someone what to do. They make demands, expect action and are quick to reprimand and point out mistakes.

While a leader would most likely in the end expect the same outcome, the process can vary significantly.

To begin – a leader doesn’t generally tell you what to do.

They will outline the task, explain things in detail, and take the time to ensure you understand.

They guide you through the process. Step by step, working with you, instead of you working for them. Working together to achieve a common goal and feeling like equals.

A leader recognizes your efforts and makes sure to commend you for them.

When it comes down to respect, typically a boss will demand it from his team. They feel entitled and that respect is owed to them.

A leader doesn’t expect respect. They earn it. They understand that everyone deserves respect – regardless of stature or rung of the ladder.

Working with a leader is less like work, and more like camaraderie.

At Sentinel – we train leaders.

We are constantly working together to achieve greatness.

One person’s goals are the others and the team works in unity to reach them.

Becoming a part of any family is typically a step by step process. There is an awkward first date. Then the wine-ing. The Dining. Meeting the family. A feeling of acceptance, and then usually a more formal union where the bond between two is recognized in the eyes of those they love and care about.

Becoming a part of the Sentinel family is a lot less awkward.

You’re entering a family of leaders. A team that consistently works together and has each others backs. When you first join us on day one, you become a part of something bigger. You’re immediately accepted as one of the team. You become surrounded with those who have been before you and are there to guide you through the process, and each day, and each detail.

Everyone can relay stories of excitement. Of hope. Of the future.

Big things are happening and they want them just as much for you as they do themselves.




Guest Blogger Rayna Davies

Rayna Davies is a graduate and practitioner of Business Management.  She has developed an expertise in blogging, covering subjects like travel, world events and security.  Having grown up with a father who has developed an expertise in Physical Security and Executive Protection in the RCMP and two major corporations, she has personally observed and experienced many security details.  These experiences have included personally meeting HM Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister Jean Chretien and many celebrities.  She presently assists Sentinel Security in Executive Protection workshops and guest blogging and also assists Gloprosec Preventative Services in Intelligence gathering and Business Administration.  Her passions include World travel, having visited every continent.