When you are a business owner, it is important to know what kind of boss you are so you know how you are affecting the people who work for you and the clients who walk through your door. Every business is led by a boss, the success of the business depends on it. Every type of boss will affect the business and its success differently. While there aren’t really “right” or “wrong” kinds of bosses, there is definitely a continuum. Here we will discuss a few of the common types of bosses. See if you can identify yourself in any one of them

The Buddy

This boss want to be friends with their employees. They will typically favor being liked over being respected. The buddy boss will oftentimes present himself as an equal to subordinates and expect to be liked because of it. Although there is nothing wrong with being personable and friendly, it can be difficult to lead and manage if the aim is to be well liked by everyone. It is important to have fun at work and to engage with your employees, but there is risk of appearing weak and being taken advantage of when you worry too much about people liking you.

The Power Hungry

Power is the only thing that matters for this boss. Perhaps this boss has always sought out power or perhaps new power quickly went to their head. They appreciate the title off “boss” more than they appreciate the job itself. The power hungry boss believes that they hold the supreme power over all of their employees and their business. Often times, this boss will not hear the ideas of others and expects things to be done simply because they said so.

The Underqualified

The underqualified boss is either less educated, new to the company, or new to the industry. This does not mean that they don’t have great leadership skills, it means that they are new. If the underqualified boss seeks every opportunity to learn and grow, they may develop into a great boss. However, if they hide what they do not know and lean on their staff, they will not be respected and will likely remain overwhelmed for their career.

The Coach

The coach trusts their team and believes that everyone is capable. A coach encourages creative approaches to work and welcomes ideas as well as criticism. The coach is involved and inspires others with trust. This boss is more democratic and allows the team to decide how to accomplish goals. When an employee makes a mistake, the coach is there to figure out what went wrong and help the employee get back on track.

The Leader

The leader sets and enforces the standard. The leader type of boss is out in front, leading the employees. The employees are eager to follow because the leader leads by example. The leader is fair, listens, and motivates. They inspire greatness out of others by being the example. The leader is confident without being cocky and makes the moves that are best for the company, not always for self. A leader gives credit where credit is due and helps to repair the damage of mistakes.

When you read through the descriptions, you may have thought about the kind of boss you’d like to be and realized the boss you are is not the same. On the other side, five different employees may put you in different categories too. This may be due to perception, but also because our styles may vary in different settings and with different employees. When you are a business owner, you are the boss. Your boss style greatly influences the productivity of your employees and the success of your business.