A reader writes…
My direct supervisor (whom I worked with for over 6 years) just retired. While I’m happy for her, I am feeling uneasy about the new guy taking over her role. She was super easygoing and personable – the complete OPPOSITE of the new management style that’s about to begin. What are some tips on being able to read people and adapt to different personalities?
It’s a fact of life that people are different and, as people, we need to know how to adapt and adjust to one another. For some, it’s all about being personable and touchy-feely about stuff. For others, it’s all about the facts and no-nonsense. Though it seems you had a great working relationship with your previous boss, there’s a good chance that you’ll be just fine with this newcomer. Remember, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Give your new supervisor a chance to settle into his role, become more acquainted, and establish himself… so you can accurately “read him” and adjust your approach and working relationship accordingly.
Here’s an interesting article I found on Monster.com that addresses “How to Deal with Five Boss Personality Types:” http://career-advice.monster.com/in-the-office/workplace-issues/boss-personality-types-hot-jobs/article.aspx?WT.mc_n=yta_fpt_article_5_boss_types. Do you see your new boss in any of these characters?
Readers, what type of boss do you work with? Any good stories to share from past jobs?
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