The 5 Common Types of Bosses You’ll Meet at Work and How to Deal with Them
Throughout the course of your working life, as you climb the corporate ladder, you will inevitably come across bosses who will make or break your career. Unless you happen to be an entrepreneur and be your own supervisor, chances are you will be working for someone higher than you are on the totem pole.
If you’re lucky, you will get the chance to be mentored by the best, but if by chance you get assigned to the, uhm, challenging managers, it would be best to know how to deal with the likes of them from hereon:
The Power Tripping Boss
This is the manager basically makes life hell for his team. He is often narcissistic and likes the feeling of having power over others by imposing strict deadlines that are just not easily met.
How to deal with this boss: Communicate with him (or her) that his style is affecting how you work. Be open and honest.
Probably the most challenging boss to deal with, the micromanager, is one who just likes to be on top of things every step of the way. He’s into minute details and will tell you how to do your job.
How to deal with this boss: Build the trust between you and the boss. It would be good to voice out your opinion once in awhile but don’t expect immediate results. You might also want to take extra care when it comes to deliverables close to your heart so that the boss won’t tell you what to do.
The Self-centered Boss
The manager who makes everything all about himself. He likes to delegate the work but won’t really be involved in the nitty-gritty. He just likes to look good with senior management.
How to deal with this boss: Keep your own ego in check and just focus on getting the job done right. Take it this way, the deliverables set upon you are huge opportunities for you to get noticed and promoted by the higher ups.
The Intimidating Boss
Aggressive and no-nonsense, this manager pretty much scares the hell out of everyone. He throws out commands on a daily basis but doesn’t go overboard to ensure that he still has his team’s cooperation.
How to deal with this boss: Do well in your job and don’t be afraid to voice out your suggestions. Your boss will like you more for it.
The Awesome Boss
Considered the rarest among the breed of managers, but also the best. He’s a mix of both good and bad from whom you can learn a lot from. A lot of employees wish to be mentored by The Awesome Boss, but sadly only a few are lucky.
How to deal with this boss: Work hard and be honest. Any employee who is under this manager is sure to thrive in his career.
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