Leadership Skills for Every Type of Boss

According to global leadership training company Fierce, Inc.,leaders at every level can benefit from additional training and learning opportunities, focusing on areas where they excel and weak spots where they can grow. The common factor behind all successful bosses is a sincere dedication to improving leadership skills, which can lead to higher-performing employees, better communication, and an open and honest work atmosphere across the entire organization.

While there are many different types of bosses, the most common personalities are the Dictator, the Cheerleader, and the Visionary. In order to target what types of training and leaderships skills you may need to perform at your peak, it may be helpful to know exactly which kind of boss you are right now.

The Dictator: Often characterized as someone who gives orders, the Dictator’s behavior may be a factor of more than just personality. Combine lack of time and a demanding role, mix with stress, and you’ve got a recipe for a Dictator, someone who seems to simply walk, or sometimes run, around giving orders with little or no appetite for feedback. Fierce, Inc. Tip: Proactively solicit feedback from employees and coworkers. Motivate and empower direct reports to employ creative problem solving. It is entirely likely that they have useful perspectives, new insights on issues, and opportunities for innovation.

The Cheerleader (aka the Softie or the Friend): This boss type is easy to work with day-to-day, but in the long haul employees become dissatisfied because they aren’t challenged or given enough constructive feedback to make them better at their jobs.

Fierce, Inc. Tip: Avoid cultivating a culture of nice. Talk openly and honestly with employees about both their achievements and areas where they need improvement. Be timely by addressing things as they occur and don’t sugar coat it — employees are not children.

The Visionary (aka the Innovator): Focused more on what’s next and what the business will look like in 10 or even 20 years. The Visionary is an inspirational personality for which to work, but may not have much input on the day-to-day challenges.

Fierce, Inc. Tip: Remember to stay grounded with employees. Balance challenging them to think about the future while addressing current performance, accomplishments, and areas for improvement. Ground action items and next steps in the present. Have regular conversations with teams that focus on today as well as tomorrow.

The Perfect Boss: That elusive combination of mentor, leader, and fun-to-be-around person. The perfect boss respects employees and challenges them to be their very best.

Fierce, Inc. Tip: Chances are, if the perfect boss worked hard to earn that title, he or she knows it takes work to keep it. Continue to perfect listening and communication skills, and endeavor to build a culture where employees are motivated and want to be heard.

“When bosses create an inclusive culture where employees are invited to communicate their perspectives and have open conversations, whether it’s with coworkers or the boss, the business wins,” says Halley Bock, CEO and president of Fierce, Inc.

In order to grow as a supervisor, it’s crucial to explore additional learning opportunities and training options that target your management style so you can cultivate your leadership skills while continuing to motivate and engage your workforce.