Bosses come in many varieties, all with unique strengths and weaknesses. Here are the 12 most common types of bosses. Do you recognize yourself, or someone you know?
-- Geoffrey James (Twitter: @Sales_Source)
1. The Visionary
- Description: You're all about the future and where you can take the company.
- Strength: You create a reality-distortion field that makes people believe they can do the impossible.
- Weakness: You get impatient with anybody who can't help make your vision into reality.
- Role Model: Steve Jobs
2. The Bureaucrat
- Description: You believe that following the rules will lead to gradual success.
- Strength: You're predictable, straightforward and generally easy to work for and with.
- Weakness: You tend to micromanage and lose track of the "big picture."
- Role Model: Dilbert's PHB (Pointy-Haired Boss)
3. The Psychopath
- Description: You're all about winning, regardless of who gets in your way.
- Strength: You can be incredibly charming--and your team always wins turf battles.
- Weakness: You'll (figuratively) stab employees and colleagues in the back when it suits your purpose.
- Role Model: Cruella De Vil
4. The Propeller Head
- Description: You were an engineer--and a good one--before you were promoted.
- Strength: You've got world's best BS detector, especially during meetings with marketing.
- Weakness: You keep using references to Star Trek and Star Wars during business discussions.
- Role Models: Bill Gates
5. The Old Fogey
- Description: You've been around since the days of the three-martini lunch.
- Strength: You've seen it all and know how the system works.
- Weakness: You keep telling the same "war stories" over and over and over ...
- Role Model: Jack Welch
6. The Social Director
- Description: You're all about "consensus building" and "creating a community."
- Strength: You get everyone's input before making a decision.
- Weakness: You delay making any decision that might make somebody unhappy.
- Role Models: Ben and Jerry
7. The Sales Star
- Description: You broke all the records and won major business ... back when you were in sales.
- Strength: You know how to sell and aren't shy about sharing your opinion.
- Weakness: You want to close deals yourself, rather than help your employees close them.
- Role Model: Ahem--you know who you are.
8. The Dictator
- Description: You absolutely believe that management means "command and control."
- Strength: Nobody needs to wait for you to make a decision.
- Weakness: Your conviction that you're always right alienates your employees.
- Role Models: Benito Mussolini
9. The Volcano
- Description: You're a powderkeg of anger just waiting to explode.
- Strength: You look placid and peaceful ... from a distance, when dormant.
- Weakness: Walking on eggshells makes it hard for employees to be productive.
- Role Model: Mr. Spacely
10. The Lost Lamb
- Description: You got over-promoted and now have no idea what to do.
- Strength: You're willing to depend upon the advice of your employees.
- Weakness: You're rapidly losing the respect of everyone on the team.
- Role Models: Ashley Wilkes
11. The Hero