3 Things You Must Do to Be a Better Boss



You didn’t start your business to see it struggle and flounder. You took the risk and embarked on your business-owning venture because you wholeheartedly believed that your company was capable of reachingthe pinnacle of its industry. Unfortunately, your organization is never going to fulfill its potential if you, yourself, are not fulfilling yours. Quite simply, if you want your company to improve and grow, you need to be a better boss.


To find out what you can do to improve as a boss, read on.


Engage with your employees on a deeper level


The deeper you engage your employees, the more inclined they will be to work hard for you and align themselves with the tasks that you set them. It is essential, then, that you start giving employee engagement the true respect that it deserves.


When it comes to engaging your employees on a deeper level, be sure to:


Actively listen to your employees and hear what they have to say.
Foster collaboration by working alongside your workforce as often as you can.
Build a sense of belonging by ensuring that each individual staff member understands just how important their role is in your business’s bigger picture.
Enforce an ‘open-door’ policy at all times.



Accentuate the positives


A lot of bosses tend to focus on the negatives. This results in them correcting every little thing about their workforce, which then leads to a drop in workplace morale. If you want to avoid upsetting, embarrassing and demoralizing your staff members, you should refrain from focusing on the negatives and you should instead seek to accentuate the positives. This effective and targeted form of motivation will be sure to keep your employees enthused with their work. What’s more, this will likely result in your employees feeling comfortable enough with you to tell you the truth when they are struggling, and the ability to do that benefits everybody in the long run.


If you want to keep your employees motivated, happy, and productive, you cannot cultivate an environment of constant criticism. Accentuate the positives and be sure to reward good work whenever it is produced.



Work on your delegation skills


How you delegate tasks could be having a massive impact on your workplace morale. The cadence and tone that you use to give your orders could be coming across as bossy and rude — yes, you might be the boss but nobody is going to want to work hard for you if you upset or offend them! For this reason, it’s vital that you work on your delegation skills and that you take into account the fact that different employees like to be bossed around in different ways. Some will be comfortable with a firmer tone, whereas others will react better to a more careful and considered approach.


Whatever you do to improve your delegation skills, just remember that you don’t have to be a dictator to get people to work hard for you. Simply leading your workforce and finding ways to empower them will always be a more efficient route to take in this instance.

Lisa Besserman, Founder and CEO of Startup Buenos Aires, has been named as Business Insider’s “Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech”, and the 2014 “Business Innovator of Latin America” by the Council of the Americas.
Lisa moved to Buenos Aires from New York City to create Startup Buenos Aires, the organization that represents the startup, tech and entrepreneurial community of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Startup Buenos Aires has been one of the main catalysts for strengthening the tech ecosystem in Latin America, by bringing global startup initiatives, development projects and investment opportunities to the region.
Under Lisa’s leadership Startup Buenos Aires has been credited as “Top 3 Growing Startup Cities” by CNBC and “5 Emerging Global Tech Hubs” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

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