These kinds of problems occur for a number of reasons. At the start of middle management, Team Leaders are often promoted for their operating excellence and are made incharge of career of at least 6-7 people, however, are not trained enough on people skills.They keep doing what made them successful so far - individual excellence and mess up with the career of their sub-ordinates. Many times, they also don't have any good role models for what a manager should do. And they rarely get feedback as to how they're doing.
Understanding Bosses Type & Leveraging their sytles : -
AMBITIOUS – They are interested in looking good and getting ahead. Show them how supporting you are and how your projects will be viewed favorably by Top Management and thus support his ambitions.
LONER - They like to work alone. Loner bosses do not like to supervise others. Praise their pet projects and offer to help them with some of the administrative work. Keep them informed on what is going on with the team.
POWER HUNGRY - They like to control and show they are in control. Keep them informed. Give them a chance to “influence” your decisions but do not give in and become timid.
WIMP BOSSES - They are indecisive and will not make waves even for progress. You have to push them to make decisions. They love to hide behind bureaucracy. You can help by agreeing to take some of the heat or giving assurance that nothing bad will happen.
FIRE FIGHTER BOSSES - They like to fix problems. They thrive on finding disasters and solving them. You must show a sense of urgency, give them frequent updates and find the next disaster to keep them busy.
UNETHICAL BOSSES - They have no shame. They can be of any of the stated categories and make a deadly combination. You must document everything. Make sure you meet your objectives and stay true to your values. You can call them out but make sure you have a back-up plan.
Bosses who like to 'control things' normally introduce processes, develop more the 'now' attitude. Bosses who are more concerned with people, develop more impact on people. Bosses who are more concerned with getting things done, start with key actions and bosses who are more concerned with ideas, frame proposals in concepts.
Here are some practical things you can do to help your boss help you:
- Remember your purpose - Don't let your boss sidetrack you from your goals and purpose. Focus on what needs to get accomplished and use the rest of these tips to get your boss' support.
- Understand your boss' problems - Ask your boss what kind of pressures he is under. Now you may not think it's your place to do that, but it can make a great difference in your understanding why your boss is not managing you properly.