What if You Could Choose Your Boss

What if You Could Choose Your Boss

If you ask most people how they like to be managed by their boss, they’ll probably say they prefer an “open door” policy. They will say that they like to be empowered and want the relationship to be respectful and honest.  But can people actually handle honesty, especially if it’s brutal?

Imagine working for a boss like Gordon Ramsay for example?  Although he’s brutal, most of the Chefs that have mentored under him have gone on to be very successful (if they haven’t been fired that is).  They have had to be prepared to work hard, be tough, and take criticism. They need to be ready to hear how bad they are when they don’t meet the standards and be able push themselves out of their comfort zone.

This is what many people need in order to succeed.  Would you be an achiever if you were managed by a boss that didn’t push you? Or a manager who didn’t motivate you or wasn’t hard on you?  For some, a task master will get you to produce better results. For others; a leader that is laid back, flexible, complimentary, and allows you your space yields better results.

So before you go “Boss Bashing” (because you think you work for a villain that is criticized and hated by all you work with), ask yourself;

  • “Do I appreciate being pushed to do better?”
  • “Am I embracing and capitalising on the fact that I work for someone difficult?”
  • “What am I learning from this experience and how is it making me better at my job?”


Instead of starting negative corridor talk by the water cooler, try and look for the silver lining. Ask for a meeting with your Manager to discuss how you can work together to add value to your relationship.  If your boss is one of the following, it’s best to change jobs or work towards taking over their job (ambitious chuckle).

  • Closed minded
  • Autocratic
  • Negative
  • Non-progressive
  • Disrespectful and
  • Not going to change anytime soon


Whatever leadership style works for you, embrace it, learn and grow from it. One day when you are sitting in the Director’s chair, add value with your own style of leadership that will have a positive, progressive impact on your reputation, your team and ultimately your organisation as a whole.

When you are asked to describe your perfect boss, would you want someone who makes you feel good or makes you do good?

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