Don’t Be a Boss, Be a Leader
This post originally appeared on blog.up.co
If you’re here, you are most probably thinking of starting up. If you do start up, you’ll be working with a team and here are a few pointers on how to deal with the team because I am assuming you’ll want to keep them motivated.
All of you new heads, don’t confuse the words “boss” and “leader”. A leader can be your boss but a boss is not always a leader. Though it’s hard to self evaluate, here are some Do’s and Don’ts you should keep in mind.
- Evoke Respect Instead of Fear:
Your subordinates should feel free to share anything with you from new ideas to expand the horizons of your business to even merely appreciating what you do for them. No need to scare your team to get them to work.
- Focus on People to Focus on Work:
People working for you are what make up your organisation. If you focus on keeping them happy, there is a high probability that your business performance will enhance.
- Don’t Micromanage, Delegate:
Have a little faith in your team! It is very important to delegate so that the employees don’t feel demotivated merely because you do not trust them with important decisions. Job satisfaction plays an important part in raising employees’ performance.
- Try to Own Your Business Not Just Run It:
While it is very important to delegate responsibility, it is equally important to take part in whatever is happening. After all, it is YOUR start-up. Thus, instead of stepping with fear, take initiative!
- Reprimand Rather Than Scream or Shout:
No one has the right to humiliate anyone else, especially not in public. Constructive criticism is healthy but whatever you want to say to your employee, you should tell him/her in person.
- Be Confident About Your Ability to be a Good Leader:
Last but not the least; you should be confident about what you are doing. Stay calm and enjoy the ride of experiences that being a leader brings. If you know you can be a good leader, you will eventually be one.