What is the difference between a leader and a boss? A leader leads the team into battle and takes full responsibility for any failure, a boss on the other hand will instruct his workers to perform certain task and takes full credit for any success. A leader leads and a boss bosses around. A leader knows how to handle a situation with his or her knowledge, whereas a boss only gives out instruction. Without further ado, here are the 7 characteristic of successful and unsuccessful people in business, in life, in management and more. These images are designed to fit perfectly on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Do share.