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Traits of Different Managers and How to Work With Them!


You'll have a manager unless you're self-employed or affluent. over 20 years in corporate, I've had managers ranging from magnificent to horrible.

Here are varied managers and how to handle them. Remember, they're basically humans. You must approach them properly.

1 - The Deceptive Manager

Many people believe deceptive managers are bright, but this isn't always true. If they were great manipulators, they wouldn't let you know. They have skills that make them difficult to handle. They can exploit any occasion. Their failings become yours and yours become theirs. Passive-aggressive. They always have a secret objective; they'll do everything to be promoted and consider you a stepping stone.

What to Do

Do not attempt to beat them at their own game. Not only are they better at it, but their position also affords them greater knowledge than you. Your best strategy in this situation is to look transparent and upfront while making it apparent that you are not a danger. Always maintain your distance, do not look weak or easily intimidated, and know your rights. If they go too far, your HR department can provide support.

2 - The Control Freak Manager

The hardest boss on this list. A micromanaging manager doesn't trust you. They're sure that without them, the company would crash. They form a bottleneck and slow things down since they have a hand in each and every dish. Control freaks set assignments and frequently monitor progress. They rework your work (even if done well). They stamp everything and grab credit because they think they did it all. This boss is toxic.

What to Do

This situation calls for tact and diplomacy. First, highlight their strengths. Make them think your ideas are theirs. From store room clerks to corporate executives, if they think it, they'll do it. Ask for written project instructions. Keep track of emails, voicemails, and edits. You need evidence to prove your competence if they do not however trust you.

3 - The Manager of "Fear Me"

Rather be feared or liked? Most managers answer, "Neither, I prefer respect."

This boss always choose option 1. They command with an iron hand in a spiky armor and enjoy their fearsome reputation. They'll yell and scream to get their way. They arrive late to meetings to impose themselves. They employ name-calling, sarcasm, and threats to dominate others around them . Sadly, they modulate this behaviour around important individuals, so only subordinates feel mistreated.

What to Do

I'm sorry to advise that you cannot handle these supervisors on your own. Sadly, their subordinates usually request a transfer, lose their employment and are fired, or resign. Their department's high turnover rate will be an obvious sign that something is wrong, but they will ultimately be held accountable for their activities. In the meanwhile, all you can do is smile politely and avoid them whenever possible.

4 - Missing in Action Manager

You have a superior. You visit their office, they email you, and you call them periodically. You can't find them. You walk through their empty office. Reaching voicemail is typical. They'll email you on the weekend even if you haven't seen them in weeks. These managers suck the lifeblood out of their people by working as little as possible while pretending to have no time for eating and sleeping.

What to Do

A Missing in action manager is challenging. They're never around to discuss matters face-to-face. Getting permissions is hard, and nailing them down is like nailing Pudding to a wall. Get a written plan with this boss. Who's in charge without them? Who may sign invoices/projects? If they have a superior, can you talk to them? On the positive side, you won't have a boss gazing over your shoulder.

5 - "Only Me" Boss

This manager has a giant ego but downplays it. Conversation always returns to them, their successes, their weekend plans, their family, their accolades, and the office. This manager will be glad to seize the attention at meetings. You'll hear "I don't want to boast, but..." and "I always know how to..." followed by a 10-minute monologue on their life and work.

What to Do

Everything should be taken lightly. If they're otherwise excellent, let them talk about themselves. Maybe they're a middle kid who didn't get much attention or have other insecurities. If it doesn't damage you, your job, or your career, let them shine.

6 - The Struggling Manager Who Wants to Be Popular

The manager who only wants to be loved will fail since they never do their job well. They'll try to make you laugh or receive praise, but they're not focused. They'll want to leave early to go to the pub or have long movie and football discussions. Because of this supervisor, you'll have a hard time completing your work and may even make excuses for them.

What to Do

Set limits. It's fine to go out with or chitchat with this boss. But you're at a place of business and have a task to do. Keep that in mind and don't be too friendly. You don't want to go down with them.

7- That Old-Fashioned Manager

Such Managers are always last to learn a new copier or email system and resists newer trends. Instagram?  Facebook? LinkedIn?  In my days, mail was magic "Keeping these opinions private would be fine. Sadly, their ideas influence your company decisions, and that's why you work through things that would look outdated to your grandma.

What to do

Usually, these managers are just stubborn. Demonstrate the benefits of new systems and equipment to this manager. Old-fashioned, but not dumb. Show how a new way will save time and money, and they'll apply it quickly. Be patient.

8 - Uncertain Boss

Many of managers discussed earlier are flawed, but they can make a decision. This boss spends all day waiting. If I don't make a decision, I can't be held accountable. They avoid decisions day and night and always give ambivalent answers. As a result, everyone suffers.

What to do

You must insist. If they respond, "I trust your judgement," be sure they agree with you. Make it difficult for them to avoid. At every level of the project, insist on a sign-off. If they cant make one choice from the list of any project, ask them to reject the others or make a decision. We can squeeze blood out of a stone if we really want ... (On a ligheter node)


The Ideal managers are tough to obtain across, in my opinion and in the opinions of my friends and coworkers. These are the managers who promote free thought, foster a culture of trust, and keep the door open at all times. They do not yell or scream, insult others, or engage in political opportunism. They're not flawless; they sometimes lose their cool, make stupid mistakes, or ask you to put in more effort when required. But they are wonderful leaders.

What to do

If you're lucky enough to have a fantastic manager, you should celebrate his or her birthday as a group. Let them know how much their opinions are appreciated. And never be hesitant to tell those in leadership what a brilliant job your manager is doing. This is the kind of attitude that has to be encouraged so that it can spread across the organization.

Do you have a boss not listed here? How do you cope? Comment below.

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