How to Deal with a Type-A Boss

Posted by Steve Carter on May 26, 2016 3:15:00 PM
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When it comes to achieving goals set by an organization, a manager has to be effective and tough in encouraging her team to be more driven and results-oriented. This is one of the reasons why even the most successful C-level executives work at a high level of intensity and often exhibit Type A personality traits. You may be inspired seeing your boss involved in every project and amazed by their ability to juggle a variety of tasks seemingly with ease. This sort of leadership can push you to realize your full potential and become a well-rounded employee.


But what happens when suddenly your manager starts micromanaging or overloads your day with tasks of equally high importance demanding quick and error-free completion? How do you adapt to your manager’s personality enough to be flexible and able to work together in a way that is productive and stress-free?

Let's start by understanding that working for a Type A personality is a challenge, and the key is to remember that their intentions are centered around meeting the goals of the organization. Here are some tips for managing the relationship and maintaining your sanity:

Timing is Everything

Type A’s are traditionally irked by idle time and unnecessary conversations. Know that slowing Type A’s down can trigger impatience and dissatisfaction. If you are in a meeting, always be prepared to provide the information that is vital to the discussion and illustrate exactly what has been (or needs to be) done in order to successfully complete the project. Again, time is of an essence and knowing that will help you manage your relationship better.

Sense of Urgency is Imperative

Make an effort to consistently meet all the deliverables and put your best foot forward in completing every task. Show the same sense of urgency and importance to any task that is assigned to you. A Type A personality will more than likely be extremely passionate about their work and will expect you to show the same level of dedication.

Earn Their Trust

Type A’s are determined to do things efficiently and set high standards in delivering exceptional results. It is extremely important for anyone, much less a Type A leader, to not allow anything fall through the cracks. Once you are trusted to deliver the results they are accustomed to, it is almost a guarantee that more responsibilities and tasks will be assigned to you. The more trust your leader has in your ability to deliver, the less your Type A leader will worry about the outcomes.

Lean on Your Team

Type A leaders are determined to deliver results and heavily rely on their team to work in unison. The traits that you will encounter that may make it difficult to work with your leader at times are mostly due to the need to move full speed ahead with a million things to accomplish. Keep these tips in mind and remember that during difficult moments you can always rely on your co-workers. And don't be afraid to ask for their help either. If you have a good relationship with your team, they will be more than happy to contribute their skills, tools and expertise to help you complete your task efficiently. 

At the end of the day, knowing how to deal with a Type A leader allows you to gain flexibility and reduce stress. These are our suggestions. What do you recommend for working with a Type A leader? Let us know in the comments!


Topics: talent management, hiring, relationship management

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