Horrible Bosses is more than a movie. You don’t have to look very far to find tales of terrible managers.
Supervisors read these stories, too. So, when it’s their turn to lead, they may try to things differently—to be a cool boss. But of course, doing so at the expense of being taken seriously can lead to a host of other problems.
I’ve been lucky to work for several great people who the team still respects the heck out of. What I’ve observed is that all of these people strike a balance: They’re not dictators, but they take their managerial role seriously. Yes, they take the effort to connect with their teams, but it’s clear who’s steering the ship. Here’s what I’ve learned from them: