- Run a strict climate 98% of the time.
- Operate a tight department.
- Sometimes uses restrictive controls.
- Expects his/her employees to be on time, orderly and highly efficient.
- Permits foolishness only on special occasions.
- Appears to be cool, distant and unfeeling.
- Seems unreachable and autocratic.
- Probably more interested in you and willing to help than you suspect.
- Does not possess the presence of a leader.
- A direct opposite to the ‘structured’ supervisor.
- Free and easy-going leadership style.
- Few controls and restrictions.
- Most dangerous because new employees need self-discipline.
- Gives too much freedom.
- Acts as a trap that can destroy one’s desire to succeed.
- Most difficult to create and maintain.
- Real expert.
- Employees want to do what the supervisor wants done.
- The supervisor is one of the group while still maintaining a leadership role.
- Not all employees can respond to this work climate.
- Everyone becomes involved from inside the group.
- The supervisor may feel taken advantage of at times so may sway to ‘structured’ then start to become more ‘permissive’ again to balance back to ‘democratic’ once more.
- Better for the Corporate Company rather than an individual.
- Responsibility toward employees and asks for a high degree of loyalty and performance in return.
- Avoids layoffs.
- Allows employees to establish department productivity goals.
- Avoid transferring negative attitudes to your supervisor that you may have developed toward other authority figures in your life.
- Expect some rough days under their supervision. You’ll have lots of good days too!
- Refuse to nurse a small gripe into a major issue.
- Select the right time to approach your supervisor.
- Never go above your supervisor’s head without talking to him/her first.
- Try not to let your supervisor intimidate you.
- Do not make your supervisor your buddy.
- If you make a mistake, clear the air quickly.
- Remember that not all supervisors enjoy their roles. So try to be tolerant and sympathetic.
- Convert your supervisor into a mentor.
~ Christine Iliadis