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In the world of business management, the distinction between good and bad managers can mean the difference between the company’s success and failure. Decades of ongoing studies have proven that good managers not only increase revenue but also decrease turnover as a result of employee satisfaction.

Nonetheless, as anyone who has ever worked knows, poor management skills are all too common. But is there a solution? The answer is yes: becoming great leaders.

No matter the industry you work in, being a good leader is crucial for your company’s success and for the smooth sailing of your day-to-day operations.

If you are not sure about the type of manager you want to be, take a look at the most popular types of management styles followed in our world today, and decide for yourself.

The problem-solving style

Managers who adopt this style will personally try to solve every pressing problem encountered by any of their team members. They like to stay on top of things and take matters into their own hands. While this style of management helps team members get through problems, being so focused on fixing (real and perceived) individual issues prevents the manager from seeing the bigger picture and stops employees from learning how to solve problems themselves.

The pitchfork style

Pitchfork managers constantly pursue their team, demanding progress and holding people responsible for falling short of goals and not adhering to specific guidelines and policies. Simply put, if you only work this way, your team will develop a fear of you. Additionally, a fearful team will rarely bring forth innovative ideas or relate better to the larger goals of the business. Keep in mind that you can achieve your own leadership roles without having to interfere or check on your employees’ every move.

The impulsive style

Managers who shoot from the hip lack a distinct management style. Instead, they alter their approach based on what they believe the situation requires and/or what a specific team member needs. This ability to change comes in handy when you are dealing with different kinds of projects and a team with different personalities. However, the inconsistency that comes with it might disorient and confuse your employees. It is better to adopt a clear method of working rather than changing things up every now and then.

The ‘me before you’ style

Managers who prioritize their own interests over those of others have no issue making final decisions solely based on their own ambitions without thinking twice about the consequences they may have on employees. You might think that employees don’t have an issue working for your own personal gain, but you might want to revisit this assumption. If this is your style, you’re likely to end up with decreased employee engagement and you’ll constantly lose personnel as team members leave to pursue other opportunities.

The people-pleaser style

Some managers focus all their energy on making sure their employees are happy with their jobs. You may think that being nice is good (and generally, it is), but in this case, it will not serve you or your employees well. Keeping a smile on everyone’s face is great, but trying desperately to please people means you are too passive to actually lead your employees toward success and career growth. It is best to find the middle ground between ensuring your staff is satisfied while simultaneously working on their development.

The perfectionist

Managers who seek perfection are always surrounding themselves with facts and figures about ways to make operations and tasks easier and more efficient. In many ways, this style of management is a great one to adopt. After all, effective managers are always looking for ways to innovate and improve. However, this approach of constant change might deprive your team of the consistency they need to be productive and motivated, and being too focused on improving processes will impair your ability to improve relationships with employees.

You probably noticed that the six management styles mentioned above each come with their advantages and disadvantages. In fact, the best business schools will tell you that none of them is perfect.

So what can you do in this case?

The best way to go about this is to blend the qualities of each management style while avoiding the bad aspects. Effective leadership is a subjective matter that differs according to every person’s personality and even the size of the business. But working on your leadership style and constantly improving your ways will ensure your people are content and your company is thriving.

What kind of manager do you want to be? What kind of manager do you want to be?  

What kind of manager do you want to be? What kind of manager do you want to be?  

What kind of manager do you want to be? What kind of manager do you want to be?  

What kind of manager do you want to be? What kind of manager do you want to be?  

What kind of manager do you want to be? What kind of manager do you want to be?