What kind of boss are you?

A third of all bosses are inspirational, motivational and concerned with their staff’s wellbeing, according to a survey from Lloyds TSB and Working Families.


A third of all bosses are inspirational, motivational and concerned with their staffÂ’s wellbeing, according to a survey from Lloyds TSB and Working Families.

A third of all bosses are inspirational, motivational and concerned with their staffÂ’s wellbeing, according to a survey from Lloyds TSB and Working Families.

The research asked respondents to rate their bosses in one of four main management styles, classed as the Tyrant, the Pussycat, the Entertainer and the Leader. While 32% were identified as good Leaders, there were more Pussycats (39%) and a worrying number of Tyrants (21%) leaving just 8% as Entertainers. The categories were defined as follows:

The Tyrant

Dictatorial and ruthless, favouring short-term gains over long-term success, putting profit before people.

The Pussycat

Tries hard to be an effective leader but doesnÂ’t always get it right, often letting the heart rule the head.

The Entertainer

More interested in being an entertainer and everyone’s best friend, than an effective leader. The ‘David Brent’ of bosses.

The Leader

Inspiring and motivational, encouraging teamwork, relationship-building and the personal development of staff. Close to the ideal manager.

“We know that managers who have found work-life balance works for their teams are the best persuaders of their peers,” commented Sarah Jackson of Working Families. “It’s already clear that employees around the country really appreciate bosses who help them to balance their responsibilities at work and at home.”

Lloyds TSB and Working Families are looking for individuals who have taken practical steps to help their staff balance their work and home lives by encouraging flexible working for the BritainÂ’s Best Boss 2005 competition. To get a nomination form call 020-7253 7243 or download one from www.workingfamilies.org.uk. The closing date for nominations is 3 May 2005.

(5/4/05)

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