There are many types of people—extroverts, introverts, outgoing, shy, motivated, lazy and so on.
Every one of us has different personalities, goals, dreams and beliefs.
As such, different types of individuals make different types of managers.
It’s helpful to evaluate what type of leader you truly are to see if you are comfortable with it or if you want to make changes to improve or change something about yourself.
You are a micromanager if you believe in your heart of hearts that the office will simply fall apart without your presence.
You have not taken a holiday in years because you can’t trust your staff enough to leave them alone.
You constantly oversee your employees’ work and are involved in every step of the process.
You encourage your employees to come to you to ask the most detailed questions and get your approval on all of their decisions.
You are involved in every single meeting your department has.
You create schedules for your staffers and deadlines, giving them no choice in their daily work because you make all of the unilateral decisions.
You leave the final decision making power to yourself, but you do like to consult your employees in the process.
You believe that your staff members are experts in their given fields, and you value their opinions.
You leave it to them to do the research, compile data and present it to you.
You are open to being persuaded in one way or another, but you do not leave the last word to your employees, believing you will make the better decision once you have all of the supportive materials.
Democracy works by the popular vote (sometimes not in American elections though), which is how democratic bosses run their organisations.
Every single person, no matter their position in the hierarchy of the office, gets one vote.
All of the decisions are voted upon, and the majority wins.
You do not get the final say, nor do you get more power to make decisions than any other person in your office.
You value, recognise and appreciate your employees, and understand that you hired them for a reason—they were the best candidates for the job.
As such, you give your staff members the freedom to make their own decisions when it comes to their goals and tasks.
You are always around if they need help or advice, but you prefer for them to be independent thinkers and confident in their decision making skills.
Senior Management Trainer and Consultant