Every prospective organization aims to maximize its profits and company’s operational scope in an efficient way. Almost every organization has one common variable on which the success of an organization depends. That variable with a high amount of responsibilities on its shoulders is a boss or a supervisor. Bosses/supervisors with different personalities and strategies employ distinct techniques of management style and leadership to realize their set goals. Bosses/supervisors in an organization are required to effectively inspire, lead, encourage, and manage the employees for the development of a workaholic environment. Apart from that, a boss in charge who fails to fulfill his set responsibilities leads to a conflicted and susceptible environment. Therefore, the bosses/supervisors are a vital source to increase the productivity of the organization through their management techniques. Building on the significant role of bosses in success as well as the failure of the organization, this essay seeks to classify the different types of bosses based on their different leadership and management style.
An Authoritarian Boss has an effective management style to handle poor conduct and conflict in the most efficient way. He tends to rewards the workers having positive work ethics for the reinforcement whereas dole out the punishment for eliminating the negative behaviors from the working environment. This makes him not a friendliest boss but an autocratic leader for encouraging effective high work standards in the organization. Contrarily, a type of Hands-off Boss is more likely to be a boss who gives ultimate liberty and flexibility to his workers and grants them full autonomy. (Edward, 2016)Although a boss with a hands-off management style lets his workers do what they will. However, he checks in with his co-workers routinely through effective communication strategies to ensure prospective opportunities for the organization. Sometimes, a hands-off boss does not check-in at all as he believes that the production and workplace are dependent on how workers conventionally do their part for the goals being met. Thus, the key aspect of the hands-off boss type is full autonomy with minimal interference along with effective communication.
Sharing some similarities in characteristics to the hands-off boss, an Apathetic Boss has some distinguishing points as well. He does not have effective communication with the employees to empower them and therefore is indifferent to the failure and success of the workers. In contrast, a Buddy Boss is relatively perceived as the friendliest one at the workplace as such type of boss renders the ultimate liberty to the employees for their expression of opinion. He is flexible as he does not stipulate strict deadlines but in this way, he impedes the way of development for his employees. His welcoming nature somehow obstructs the way of constructive criticism and an employee has to set realistic goals, limits, and work ethics for himself.
Another type with collaborative and trusting characteristics is of a Democratic Boss who wants input from every individual employee yet consults his team for their opinions. He is a collaborative individual who strategizes over the current initiatives, approaches, and events, in the workplace. He empowers his prospective team by calling meetings in the workplace to make them become a part of the decision-making process with their abilities and values. (Edward, 2016) The Micromanager Boss is regarded as the resilient as well as a sturdy supervisor in the workplace to encounter with. He loves to dig into details meticulously and does not appreciate the freedom of expression of opinions. Moreover, he wants every worker to work as per his stipulated instructions in the company. Such a type of boss has no significant impact on the viewpoints of his co-workers and does not encourage developing connections and building alliances with colleagues. (McNichol, 2013)
In summary, bosses are classified into many types based on their unique personalities, workplace requirement, and management style. However, six unique classifications of bosses/ supervisors are being evaluated in this essay on the basis of their management style namely authoritarian, hands-off, apathetic, buddy, democratic, and micromanager.
McNichol, Janet. “Manage UP: Use these six tips to cultivate a healthy working relationship with your boss.” (2013): 28-29.
Edwards, Samuel. “The 7 Types of Bosses You’ll Meet (and How to Deal with Them).” Inc.com, 20 July 2016, www.inc.com/samuel-edwards/the-7-types-of-bosses-you-ll-meet-and-how-to-deal-with-them.html.