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What kind of boss are you?

CultureOctober 31, 2016

(Last Updated On: October 23, 2018)

This is a heavily loaded question. As the boss, you are responsible for leading the people and processes that turn the wheels for your business. Your staff look to you to set an example, and the way that you do this depends heavily on your leadership and management style.

Are you a person who tries to be a kind boss? Maybe you prefer to be liked more than respected? There are benefits and drawbacks for each leadership type, such as the impossibility of being liked by all of your employees, or having your employees believe they can act inappropriately because you are ‘best buds’.

A recent study has shown that one good boss is roughly the equivalent of adding one more worker to a hard working team of nine employees. Different leadership styles can lead to different results and there is no definition of the perfect boss. However, as the common saying goes “employees do not leave companies – they leave managers”.

Do any of the following boss types sound like you?

The Dictator boss

shutterstock_383451826This type of boss is a totalitarian who rules by fear, using terror as a weapon to motivate employees, often using the threat of unemployment like a whip. The Dictator seems to think that they will get their way if they raise their voice to an unreasonable level: the higher the volume, the higher the commitment. They give no one but themselves respect.

The Robot boss


The Robot sees the workforce as a matrix of ones and zeros rather than living, breathing human beings. This boss is completely focused on structures, systems and efficiency and tends to overlook the finer details of how an objective will actually be met. It goes without saying, the Robot boss is not a people person.


The Best Mate boss

shutterstock_421808677The Best Mate boss wants to be a friend, not a superior. They want employees to like them, because friends stick up for friends. However, it can be difficult to truly separate personal from business. Knowing your ‘friend’ could take your suggestions personally, the Best Mate boss spends more time coming up with ways to sugar-coat constructive feedback. As a result, the message is a watered-down version and far less effective.

The Jekyll and Hyde boss


This is the boss whose style of management depends on their mood. They come in with a face like thunder on a bad day however, when it is a good day they have a sunny disposition until something goes wrong. This boss can get ugly, and employees are often forced to walk around on egg shells.

The Barely There boss


The Barely There boss may be more preoccupied with trying to determine the absolute earliest they can possibly leave work and tends to lose focus. As a result their employees often have no clear direction of where the business is heading or their boss’ vision. When this boss does show their face they may credit themselves for other’s work, before disappearing again to ‘meetings’ or ‘working from home’.

The Stressed boss


The situation is completely under control, but the Stressed boss is always running around like a headless chicken. They are the first to panic when something goes wrong, and like to stress instead of thinking about solutions. Everyone in the workplace agrees the place would definitely be a much calmer place without them.


The Micromanager boss


The Micromanager is so hands-on, it interferes with employee productivity and performance. Managing employee behaviour that closely, may not be good for morale. Employees often describe a Micromanager boss as frustrating, demoralising and demotivating.


Your leadership style is a vital contributor to your staff’s productivity and levels of engagement. Poor management style can deflate employee morale, and cause high levels of stress which can ultimately lead to serious health concerns. A poor management style can cost a company more than just a high employee turnover.

Employees who are disgruntled or unhappy may stop caring about how they perform their jobs. Being a great boss requires planning, execution and willingness to be flexible to the demands and needs of your workplace. Examine your workplace needs and your own style to find the areas where you can make some significant improvements.

Employsure is Australia’s leading workplace relations specialist and can answer any questions you may have relating to work health and safety and employment relations. We are available day or night to assist you with any concerns, so call us today on 1300 651 415.

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