For most people, work is a job. For leaders, it’s much much more.
Leaders are separated from followers by what drives them, a distinction that is the source of some degree of loneliness. Leaders have a greater sense of urgency than their followers. They are more active about seeing and doing something about problems and opportunities. They care more about outcomes. They cherish the opportunity to make a difference through accomplishing their objectives.
From: Smith, A.F. (2007). The Taboos of Leadership: the 10 secrets no one will tell you about leaders and what they really think. San Francisco: John Wiley & Sons