Can leaders really make their business run without them? (Boss vs Leader)
As a self employed man looking to create his first service based business, I feel guilty because the idea of being a boss instead of being a leader sounds way more attractive to me.
For what I've been reading, it seems like leaders have to be everybody's assistant, instructor, motivator, mentor, problem fixer, not to say they have to make a huge emotional investment on employees, becoming almost like a friend or parental figure. It also seems to me like leaders still work for the money, not the other way around, requiring an extreme amount of physical, mental and emotional investment and a great amount of pressure.
While on the other hand Bosses are being satanized for being 'cold', not being always present, not 'caring', giving orders, setting restrictions and limits, setting up processes and systems and automating their business so they don't have to be present. They make the money work for them. They're not necessarily looking for friends or a family, maybe just a strictly and mutually respectful professional monetary driven relationship that will benefit both ends economically.
Am I wrong if I just want to be a boss? I really value my time and I want to set up other business in the future, I truly believe my business can be fully automated while treating an employee with dignity and respect.
There are some articles pointing that I should automate my business so I can 'fire myself', while others say I should be there and serve people.
Please share your thoughts or share your experience as this is driving me crazy!
Thanks in advance, Armando