Classifying the types of bosses.
There are various types of bosses. These types are the power-hungry, the workaholic, the traditionalist, the nitpicker, and the buddy. Every workplace operates differently. Some workplaces are exciting places to be while others are just a nightmare. How you experience the workplace is greatly influenced by the type of boss you will encounter. A boss can shape or break your career, and it is important to be keen on knowing the kind of boss you are dealing with to form the most beneficial bond.
The first type of boss you are likely to encounter in a workplace is the power-hungry boss. This type of boss views himself/herself as a supreme being because of their managerial position. The position means more to them than the actual job. Most of the time they make outrageous requests to their workers just so that they feel in charge and power. The best way to interact with this kind of boss is to do what they tell you to do as long as it is in line with your job description.
The other type of boss you will come across is the workaholic boss. They do not know how to balance work with the other aspects of their life like family or friends. Their job is the priority before anything else. It is not strange to find them working overtime, on holidays and any other extra time they find. They rarely or never call in sick or take off days. They are always in their office working! This type of boss shouldn’t be a problem for you. Just do all your work efficiently and on time and never feel the need to work extra hours just because your boss is doing so.
Another type of boss common in the workplace is the traditionalist boss. This type of boss has worked in that given company for many years probably all his life. They are accustomed to all the ways of the company. They prefer to do things the way they have always done them over the years and are not very welcoming to change and new ideas. Working for this type of boss means you should be receptive of the old ways. You can introduce new ideas in a gradual manner so that they do not feel the drastic change.
The next type of boss is the nitpicker. This type of boss has a way of finding fault in everything you do, no matter how small or unimportant it is. They are extremely critical and will make changes to any piece of work you do just because they can (Levinthal and Workiewicz, p. 207-224). Working with this type of boss can be extremely stressful as they rarely focus on the positive aspects of your work. It is however still possible to make your point without making the boss feel like they are losing their control.
The last type of boss is a buddy. They aspire to be friends with all the employees and be viewed as their equal. As much as it is okay to be friends with your manager, it is upon you to draw the line and balance between work and play. It is so easy for your work to slack off when you have a friendly manager.
Depending on the type of boss you have, you should find a way of succeeding under their management. Make sure you are aware of what they like and dislike and then find your balance.
Levinthal, Daniel A., and Maciej Workiewicz. “When two bosses are better than one: Nearly decomposable systems and organizational adaptation.” Organization Science 29.2 (2018): 207-224.
Conger, Jay, and Allan Church. The High Potential’s Advantage: Get Noticed, Impress Your Bosses, and Become a Top Leader. Harvard Business Press, 2017.