Every business and work group has a boss, but only some have a leader at the helm.

The differences are clear--and which one your organization has will determine, in large part, what you can achieve and how you will achieve it.

So if you're in charge, or if you aspire to be, you have a decision to make: Are you going to be the boss or are you going to be the leader?

The choice is entirely up to you, of course--but here are some points to consider as you make up your mind:

Let's go!

When you make the choice to be a leader, there are some things you have to give up: Ego, for one. Doing it your way. Always knowing you're right. Never having your world view challenged.

In exchange, though, you'll gain a few things: An atmosphere of collegiality and collaboration.

A workplace that people will line up to work at. An authentic authority that comes from who you are, not what you say or do. The chance to change lives--including your own.

You don't have to look very hard to see that we already have plenty of bosses in the world.

What we're lacking is great leaders.

Are you ready to choose?