Throughout the course of your professional career, whether you're climbing the corporate ladder in some multinational business or you're working for a small nonprofit organization, you're going to encounter a number of different types of bosses. Each of them will have their own quirks, their own processes, and their own mentalities, and if you want to survive, you're going to need to learn how to deal with all of them.

These are seven of the most common types of bosses you'll meet:

The hands-off boss.
The power tripper.
The micromanager.
The buddy.
The shiny object chaser.
The apathetic boss.
The balanced boss.

There are two notes I'd like to add to this list. The first is that no one type of boss is inherently "bad" or "good." Yes, it may be annoying to deal with a micromanager, or frustrating to keep up with a shiny object chaser, but there are some advantages to these styles you may not see--and they don't necessitate that their practitioners are bad workers (or bad human beings). Second, this is a list of archetypes. Every boss you meet will be a unique human being, with his/her own set of strengths and weaknesses. Some may fall into multiple categories. Others won't fall into any. This merely exists as a guide to help you navigate some of the most common--and most challenging--management styles out there.

Published on: Jul 20, 2016
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