• Contact Us
  • Member Login
  • Get Listed Today
Print Posted by SMEA Posted on 01/01/1970 in Management

What type of manager are you?

What type of manager are you?

Managers. They come in all shapes and sizes. Some are great. Some, well, not so much. The type of manager you are directly affects not only how well you can do your job, but how well your team and the rest of the business relates to you and will work to achieve the goals of the business.

Have you ever taken the time to think about what type of management style you have? Do you prefer to lead from the front? Do you put your people first? Or do you just do it all yourself?

There are six (6) main types of management styles according to Hay-McBer.

Coercive or Directive

The ‘do-it-the-way-I-tell-you’ manager. This type closely controls and monitors their employees. Demand compliance with their needs and generally has a negative effect on their employees. They set high standards and react whenever those standards are not met.


Generally regarded as the most effective of the all the styles. The Authoritative manager is the ‘firm but fair’ manager who is adept at articulating the vision for business and how to get there. Working with their employees in order to move the business towards that vision. They provide clear direction to their team and then gives them the space they need to work to achieve that vision. The Authoritative leader is most effective when they have credibility and the trust of their team to believe in their vision and work for the common goal.


People first. That’s the primary objective of the Affiliative manager. Their style is build a strong productive relationship with their employees and keep them satisfied. Great for teams that lack morale, need to improve communication or when the trust relationship between management and employees have broken down. However, they can become more focused on the team bonding rather than the tasks themselves.

Democratic or Participative

By definition, managers with this style have a more democratic style of leadership. They actively seek out the input of their team and in doing so they build trust in the relationship. They generally create highly effective and respectful workplaces with high morale and good teamwork. Collaborative and effective, think of their motto as “What do you think?”.


“Do It Myself” is another way to look at this style. Regarded as a creating a negative work environment largely because of the extremely high performance standards, the obsession over minute details, and being extremely task-focused as opposed to the human side.  Can be effective in an environment where all team members are extremely competent and require little direction as opposed to nurturing and teaching new employees.


A positive, but often under-utilized management style. Why? Because managers and leaders don’t often have the time to be able to coach their employees. Even more so for business owners. When it is used however, it builds strong relationships and bonds between the manager and the employee. The Coach encourages their employees to work and develop their strengths and overcome their weaknesses. Effective for those who want to encourage professional development.

What is apparent, is that the most effective managers and leaders tend to master each of the styles and exhibit some of the traits of each. A good manager will be able to assess the environment and the employees which are working with them and know how to get the most out of that employee. Employees respect managers who respect them. Being an effective manager leads to that respect!

As there are many different types of people. There are many different types of managers. There are also many different types of work environments where different styles are more effective. Core human types have not changed drastically but our workplaces have. Are these styles as relevant now as they were in the past? Have they adapted to the new way in which businesses are run and people engage with the workplace and their managers? What do you think?

What kind of manager have you been? What worked and didn’t work for you in leading your employees to the overall vision of your business? Share your thoughts and experiences with the Community in the Comments section.

The SME Association of Australia provides a comprehensive platform for the collaboration of businesses, organisations, associations, schools, higher education bodies and government to ensure SMEs are equipped to connect, grow and prosper. Find out more at http://www.smea.org.au/. Join our SME Community, follow us on Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn and subscribe to our podcast SME Radio

Enter Your Comments