October 2006

What kind of boss are you? | Workplace

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What kind of boss are you?

by Karen L. Cates, Ph.D.
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He's decisive, demanding and confrontational. His voice is powerful, loud and aggressive. Tension rises when he enters a room.

A tough-minded boss can run his company with great success and attribute his successes to his leadership style. However, a tough-minded boss often manages employees by creating a business environment laden with tension or even fear. Far from optimizing his business potential, he operates just shy of excellence and wants everyone to simply step up and do the right thing. He believes if he does not push others, the business will fail. He may be right but for the wrong reasons.

If you see yourself as a tough-minded boss, following are some ideas to keep in mind.

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