Different Types of Bosses


What very true reality that does not get much credit is the fact that most of employees’ performance is largely influenced and due to the way their supervisors/ managers/heads treat and manage them. While it is true that leadership and management workshops help, supervisors/leaders/managers/heads all have different approaches. The differences of management styles are usually based on the personal experience/s, personality, work environment and culture.

In this world of continuous development and evolution in the work ethics and culture, creative approaches and application of management and leadership styles in the office can spell great differences on employees’ performance.

It is vital to be aware and in the know of even some of the many different types of bosses. Knowing this can actually result of harmonious work flow both for the employee/s, staff, and management level people.

In every business and office, there is a big possibility that these types of bosses listed are evident. To be able to make the flow of work pleasant and efficient, both bosses and staff should be able to know these types of bosses’ management approaches so as to know where they both stand, and know how to work individually.

1. Boss of freedom.
This type of boss is a boss with management style of basically no supervision. Essentially what happens in this kind of management approach by a boss is that he lets his employee/s do their own thing, he waits until the work is finished and submitted to him for checking/approval. The management style of this type of boss can be termed as “laissez faire” which is a practice depicted usually by measured absence in direction, restriction, and prying.

There have studies done by research groups from research companies and different universities that this kind of boss usually highly motivates group of employees of cartoonist, artists, etc.,

2. “My idea-is-the-only-thing-that-matters” kind of boss.
This is principally the authoritative kind of boss. This boss’ management style basically consists of whatever he says and decides upon should be followed without question. Directives are considered to be orders. Employees are bound to follow the orders, whether his decision may be prone to serious negative effect on the business. The employee may choose to contradict his orders and decisions, but may possibly result to unharmonious flow of work, and personal and work-relationship gaps between the employee and the boss.

A boss with this type of leadership approach will work well in military, or any organization where life and death is at stake.

3. The open boss.
The open type of boss is one who acknowledges his employees’ geniuses. He accepts and understands the significance of teamwork; hence, he gathers and considers ideas and suggestions from other people. He brings relevant people from his team. He involves them in the deliberation of a decision, asks opinions, and ideas. Though final decision rests upon his own prerogative as the leader of the group, his decision is largely based on a gathered opinion, facts and ideas of his team.

A boss of this kind can fit well in businesses aiming for maximizing profit and sales.

4. The group consensus kind of boss.
In all the team or business’ activities that needs decision making, this boss gathers his team and makes decision based on group consensus. He believes in responsibility sharing, and participation. You can well consider this type of boss with a democratic type of management approach for the reason that he gives importance to every individual’s participation in running the organization.

This type of boss is ideal to be in circumstances where active involvement of a number of groups or team of people are sought and required to work altogether for a common goal.

Being perceptive and knowing the different type off boss can do great aiding subordinates to grasp how the company they’re working for works and runs. This can also be used as their guide for behaving accordingly to their boss’ management style. While it is true that is no perfect boss, it still pays to know your boss and their leadership style. At the end of the day, it your performance and your boss’ approach that meets. It may be true what they always say, that one should not pick a job, rather, they should pick a boss.

Apr 19, 2016

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