Good Boss or Good Mentor- Who is a better Role Model ?

Published by MBA Skool Team, Published on June 14, 2013

The success of every organisation and business is dependant on its human resources. The employees in a company are the biggest asset, who are eventually responsible for the growth of the business and for having an impact on the market. The better the workforce present in a company, the better is the efficiency and output of the company. However, to ensure that the workforce is motivated and channelise their energy in the right direction, its necessary to have a role model for the employees. But who is a better role model, a good boss or a good mentor?

There is a very fine line which probably distinguishes between a good boss and a good mentor. Infact, both personality types are beneficial for an organisation as both have the ultimate aim of improving the results of a company. A good boss and a good mentor both lead by example and ensure that the workforce works to its potential and delivers the best possible results. Then what exactly is the differentiating factor between a boss and a mentor?

A good boss is a person who looks at bringing good business for the company by getting maximum work done from the "human resources". For a good boss, the employees are simply resources who are meant to deliver the services for which they are hired. A boss, no matter how good, looks down on his subordinates and gives them less #personal support. A boss would look at his employees as a tool of productivity. The boss has his priority set on improving the company and bringing the best business for the company, by pushing his subordinates to deliver. Thus, the #attitude of a good boss remains thoroughly professional and his prime #priority is to get revenue for the company.

On the other hand, a good mentor is one step ahead of a good boss. A good mentor is a person who is a good boss, and over and above that shows a keen interest in the careers and lives of his subordinates. A mentor looks at his subordinates from a professional development perspective. A good mentor puts his employees at par with the company interests in terms of importance. A mentor ensures he provides the right guidance to the subordinates and helps them grow in their careers.

However, as stated earlier there is an extremely fine line between a good boss and good mentor. In the modern world, it is expected that for a dynamic leader, he should have both the qualities. Infact, a good leader and a mentor are nothing but the two sides of a coin. Employees these days are extremely professional and have expectations like #workplace flexibility, respect at work, recognition for their contribution etc. Hence, when a person in the position of authority wants contribution by #teamwork from his employees, he too must show respect towards their work and career ambitions.

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