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5 Different Types of Supervisors and How to Deal with Them

As someone who started working from a very early age I can tell you that people in the workplace have problems.  In fact even your supervisors can have problems.  If I can tell you all the psychotic supervisors that I have encountered I am sure that it will make your head spin.  Knowing the different leadership styles is important because it will help you learn how to deal with those.  She here are the top leadership styles and the best ways to deal with them.

  1. Laissez-Faire

This leader produces no leadership or supervision efforts, lacks direct supervision of employees, and fails to provide regular feedback to those under their supervision. Typical results from this type of leadership includes poor production and lack of control.

The best type of employees for this type of leader to have is highly experienced and trained employees that require little supervision.  Since the boss does not know what they are doing anyway if you are an employee that knows what you are doing and your boss doesn’t, then this may be your opportunity to shine by showing your ability to work with little to no supervision and still produce great results.  Perhaps your efforts will get noticed and it is lead to a promotion.

If you are an employee that does not know what you are doing (like if you are in an entry level position) and your boss does not know what they are doing, then this is basically the blind leading the blind situation.  You won’t learn anything new and it may be difficult for you to move up.  Unless you are fine sitting there being mediocre considering going above and beyond so that you can learn things on your own. Or moving departments or changing jobs so that you would be able to expand your knowledge.

  1. Autocratic

This type of leadership style is basically a dictatorship.  The leader makes decisions alone without the input of others, has total authority, and impose their will on employees. In some jobs this leadership style may be beneficial.  Look at the military for example.  This type of leadership may be best for employees who require close supervision and those people and positions in which they do not wish to give their input.  If you are an employee who loves sharing your feelings and having team skill building exercises then this leader is not for you.  You can either learn to deal with this type of leader or go someone where else.  Because more than likely this leader is not going to care what you think about them and is not going to change.

  1. Participative

This leadership values the input of team members and peers, but the responsibility of making the final decision rests with the participative leader. This leadership boosts employee morale because employees make contributions to the decision-making process. It causes them to feel as if their opinions matter.

If you want a boss in which you feel like your opinion matters then this is the boss for you.  There are certain jobs in which this type of leadership can be done and other times when it should not be done.  The downside of this leadership is if a decision needs to be made right then and there then nobody has time to rally into a team meeting and brainstorm with one another.  If you completely do not care about socializing with your team then this leader is not for you.  There really no way w to “deal” with this leader.  If you want to be bothered then you can give your opinion if not then keep your mouth shut and everything should be all good.

  1. Transactional

Managers using the transactional leadership style receive certain tasks to perform and provide rewards or punishments to team members based on performance results. Managers and team members set predetermined goals together, and employees agree to follow the direction and leadership of the manager to accomplish those goals. The manager possesses power to review results and train or correct employees when team members fail to meet goals. Employees receive rewards, such as bonuses, when they accomplish goals.

This leadership can be good and bad.  If you are a top employee then you are praised if you are not a top employee then you are subject to corrective action and possibly the loss of your job.  This type of leadership can be seen in teams in which performance in key like jobs that involve selling things.  The way to deal with this type of leadership is to always make sure your performance is up to par.  As long as you are doing well your boss will like you.

  1. Transformational

The transformational leadership style depends on high levels of communication from management to meet goals. This style of leadership requires the involvement of management to meet goals. Leaders focus on the big picture within an organization and delegate smaller tasks to the team to accomplish goals.

This leadership is ideal.  No matter if you are entry level or an experienced staff, if you are working with your boss and they are allowing you to take on more task this will increase your ability to be able to grow in knowledge as well as in the company.  Being in the loop about what is going on in the company is ideal because that is how you are able to see things work and with knowledge is power.  Power meaning a promotion.  The ways that you can deal with this leader is that even though you may not like the task that are being handed to you.  Deal with it.  Understanding that being under a leadership in which you can learn and grow is always ideal because you can either take that knowledge with you somewhere else where you can make more money or within the company so that you can move up and make more money.  This is a win win situation.


About Sophia Reed (295 Articles)
I am a single mother of one, Christian, and Lover of Life. I have a Master's degree in marriage and family therapy, I am a National Certified Counselor, and I am currently a PhD candidate in Human Behavior. I love motivating others and encouraging all women to be beautiful from the inside and out. To get in contact with me, you can email me at

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