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Management styles evolve over time yet certain fundamentals remain constant. Planning, communicating and getting commitment from your team are a few of the essential fundamentals. Good managers also provide clear and actionable deliverables. You recognize those effective managers easily. They have successful teams; people who are motivated. Then, there are those managers who are not so good. You know the type. They don’t know what they want until the last minute, have unrealistic expectations and never acknowledge your efforts. The management types to avoid.
We have all worked for both good and bad managers. I hope you work for more good managers than bad. For those occasions when working for a less than good manager, I offer this motto that helps deal with fear, uncertainty and doubt. “We, the unwilling, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing at all.” A coping mechanism for sure and a way to gently express frustration. It also helps rationalize an irrational situation.
What ways do you use to work with good managers and avoid the bad ones?