5 different types of bosses and how to handle them

17th May 2016

As a professional, you’re likely to come across a variety of bosses throughout your career. Some will be easy to work with, whilst others will be more of a challenge.

Regardless of whether or not you agree with their management style, they can help make or break your career, so it’s important to identify the kind of manager you have and the best way to work for them. Here, we list five different types of bosses you might come across, and how to handle them.

1. The one who micromanages

The Micromanager is involved in everything you do at work – much to your annoyance. Their style of managing is to control all of your work, all of the time, which can leave you feeling as though you aren’t capable of doing the job. However, it’s not you, it’s them, so try not to take it personally.

2. The one who’s never there

As much as you don’t want your boss breathing down your neck, it’s not easy when you have a manager who is never around. Everyone needs direction at work, but when your boss is regularly MIA you can feel lost and demotivated. Make sure you schedule regular meetings with them to make the most out of when they are present.

3. The one who isn’t organised

Whilst the demands on a manager’s time shouldn’t be underestimated, having to point out their oversights can be awkward and annoying. A boss should be organised enough to help you prioritise your tasks, not the other way round. If you find yourself repeatedly reminding your manager to action something that is long overdue, it’s time to change tactics and figure out what they respond to best.

4. The one who doesn’t appreciate

Nobody wants to be taken advantage of, especially in the workplace. Some bosses might give more praise than others, but not showing any gratitude, or being overly critical, is disrespectful and unnecessary. You don’t have to fish for compliments (unless you want to), but do try asking your manager for feedback to help keep morale high.

5. The one who wants to be friends

It’s OK to be friendly with your manager, but there is a line. The Buddy Boss will attempt to be mates with all their employees because they want to be seen as equal and popular. The key here is to keep the balance by treating your boss friendly as well as professionally, and making sure your work isn’t affected as a result.


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