3 types of bad bosses and how to deal with them
Imagine that you have a great idea for a project to solve a company problem or to innovate, but your boss refuses to listen to it, closes the doors or takes months without giving him the green light. This is a very common situation in the workplace since many people say that bosses are the main obstacle to executing the best ideas. If this is your case, the entrepreneur Vineet Nayar offers you some solutions, according to the type of boss you have:
The indecisive boss:
Leaders are undecided for many reasons (perfectionism, fear of the unknown, preference to play it safe) but regardless of the cause, collaborators often hate this style because a bad decision can be corrected, but refusing to choose can be fatal. If you have a boss like this, try these methods:
- Define: instead of coming up with the problem and waiting for a solution, involve your boss in defining the problem. By asking questions and thinking about the situation you will feel more comfortable deciding something.
- Force the first step: divide the topic into several smaller parts and ask your boss to solve only the first one, so you can start working. Then, take the next step and so on until the situation is resolved.
- Conversation: Join your team to have an informal and candid conversation with the boss, in which they explain how their indecision is affecting them. The pressure of determined people often leads indecisive leaders to act.
The insecure boss:
Managers must push their team, not compete with their members, but this is not always true; there are bosses who inhibit the ideas and talent of their subordinates because they feel threatened. If this is your situation, try these approaches:
- Be transparent: those who are insecure fear the unknown and assume what they do not know. The antidote is to create trust through transparency. Although it may seem difficult or unnecessary, share as much information as you can.
- Appreciate the positive: insecurity tends to be rooted in low self-esteem, so try to focus on your boss’s strongest areas and not your weaknesses.
The wise-guy boss:
Some executives believe that they know everything, that they are the smartest people in the office and that only they are interested in success. Therefore, they also believe that without them nothing would be possible. These leaders are not incompetent but their collaborators want them to listen more and be more inclusive. Here’s how to do it:
- Let me discover your ideas: a leader of this type will question your ideas and challenge them if you present them as a fact, but if you ask for help to develop it or you are not sure how they can work, you will quickly from your side.
2. Let me discover the reality: Many of us feel that it is our job to “fix” the bosses who fail, or that senior management has to intervene. But in reality there are only two options, keep waiting for someone to fix the imperfect leader or find a way to do things for ourselves. If you take things in your hands, even in small ways, you will make sure to avoid the inertia of your boss.