We get it, there are a lot of different kinds of managers out there. Some are good, some not so much, but knowing how to effectively work with the most common leadership styles (even when it's a bad one) will help you make the best of any work situation, and if it's not ideal, help you excel at your job anyway.
Of course we'd love to see all leaders spend the time and effort necessary to learn to be better people managers. And it's certainly possible! However, only 30% of people are naturally good at managing others. That makes for a lot of managers that need some help to get there.
We're not making excuses though. If one of the more negative types below sound even a bit like you, do yourself (and your team) a favor, and get started on improving now. It's never too late to learn from one's mistakes!
Plus, it's the business on the line here. Bad managers are the leading reason people leave their jobs, costing your company a lot of money in lost investment and time. Have a lot of turnover in your team? That might be another sign that you fall into one of the more negative leadership styles in the infographic below. In the long-run not learning to manage people well will limit your career sooner or later.
If you're one of the lucky ones out there to have an awesome boss, then we've got tips on how you can take advantage those leadership styles below. However if you're not so lucky and have a boss with a more negative approach to management, well, at least we've got some ideas of how to navigate the landscape and make the most of your situation... while you search for a new job of course. :-)