Having had insane bosses, employees know it can be rough terrain out there in the business world. What can one do if they can’t get along with a particular boss? How do they keep their job secure? is there any hope for employees out there wanting to keep their job?
Here are five common boss types and how to get along with them:
Pace Setting Boss
This boss is like a sergeant in the Marine Corps. There are definite higher than high expectations that are impossible to master. The work environment is competitive and everyone that works there are acutely aware of the “ax” that’s ready to chop anyone’s head off or get the pink slip.
Ask for details. Also, ask your boss for someone that has successful rendered these lofty expectations well. Who in the office is successful by the boss’s standards? Then, immolate this person. Make a mental image of how this person does their job.
The Friend Boss
This boss is like Michael Scott from The Office. He is mildly inappropriate, but very likable. This kind of boss can be fun to be around, and make your job not such a drag. However, when you need help, need leadership on a project, or just plain need a boss, this boss stinks! Reason is, he/she is not going to give the employee any guidance. He is simply going to crack jokes.
With this one, become a leader yourself. Take charge of the office where the boss fails. Make sure to not be obvious, overstep any boundaries, and be arrogant. Lead behind the scenes, so to speak. Stay detached from any outcomes of ideas you may offer. Be logical, not emotional.
Do you remember Vito Corleone? What about TheDevil Wears Prada? This boss doesn’t have to be big in physical stature. Their mere presence and booming voice spewing arrogance and nastiness is quite enough to know that he/she is in charge.
The best thing one can do to keep their job and not lose their financial security is to make this boss aware of your appreciation for handling situations and making the office in control even under chaos. Demonstrate that you can too evoke this capability. But, if you’re not able to, then don’t insult them by failing! Keep your promises and work very hard. You don’t need to beat yourself up when a mistake is made. We are all human and capable of imperfection. But it is how you handle this pressure that is key. Try to always be positive.
The Narcissistic Boss
Much like The Bully, this boss thinks they are in control of everything and no one has better ideas than them. They are in love with themselves. They are far more dramatic than The Bully too.
Don’t give feedback. They don’t care what you have to save. Stroke their ego instead by reiterating what they have said and giving genuine compliments.Remember the C.A.L.M method.
* Communicate often
* Anticipate problems ahead of time (before they spiral out of control)
* Laugh (but not at them)
* Manage by being a good role model
The Authoritative Boss
This one is not a good communicator. He/she is a little like The friend Boss and The Narcissistic Boss all rolled in one. They are creative and perceptive, but they are also suspicious of everyone.
The best thing one can do in this case is to communicate by email with them. Miscommunication is likely, so make sure to get specifics on everything they ask for. Praise this boss often on their cleverness, ability to seek justice, Be careful not to stroke their ego as with The Narcissistic Boss, because their suspiciousness will lead them down the slippery road of thinking you have a secret agenda you’re trying to con the boss into.
The above facts and advice taken from personal experience.