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The Types of Managers

Ever wonder what types of managers are there? Well, wonder no longer, because here they are:

  1. Micromanagers: A micromanager is a manager who assigns specific tasks to each employee. Each task is already broken down into specific steps that must be followed precisely, therefore employees do not need to think for themselves. These types of managers are known to scrutinize the output of each task. Furthermore, these managers are sometimes known for verifying each step of each task too. Hence, the term "micromanager" implies a manager for each small step or "micro" detail.
  2. Teacher: The teaching manager directly works with employees on each task assigned to the employee for two reasons. First, the manager can explain in detail each decision or step in each task. This helps ensure to the manager that the employee understands all aspects of the task. Second, the manager can ask employees for suggestions and possible enhancements to the process.
  3. Supporter: Once employees understand their tasks, supporting managers tend to share responsibilities and decision making with their employees as long as the managers are kept in the loop whenever tasks fall out of the normal variance.
  4. Task Manager: A task manager delegates all responsibilities and decisions to their employees. This is more of a "hands-off" approach; when employees only ask for advice from their managers with unforeseen circumstances that could be critical to the business.
Note that not all managers fall into a single category. For instance, how a manager handles a new employee versus an employee who been in the same position for years will vary greatly. A new employee may need a micromanager. An experienced employee may need a teaching or supporting manager. An employee who may one day become a manager would need more of a task manager.

Therefore, the style of management needs to be dynamic to the employee's needs. Otherwise if management is not dynamic, then employees will quickly become frustrated with their management.

by Phil for Humanity
on 05/08/2008

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