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New Blog Post: The Well-Meaning Manager

Tuesday, June 25, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Samantha Tyler

The Well-Meaning Manager

Nice vs. Kind


If you’ve had more than one job, you’ve probably experienced different types of managerial styles. The two most common types of managers, The Nice Manager and The Kind Manager, may sound like they’d be very similar, but when we dig a little deeper, we find that there are several noticeable differences that can affect the workplace for better or for worse.


The Nice Manager

·         Wants to avoid confrontation

·         Is easily taken advantage of

·         Gives too many chances when it comes to disciplinary action.*

·         Wants to be liked by everyone

·         Doesn’t want to offend



The Kind Manager

·         Sets clear limits and expectations

·         Treats everyone fairly

·         Looks at the big picture

·         Doesn’t shy away from confrontation when it’s necessary

·         Brings out the best in workers

·         Takes responsibility


Clearly, The Kind Manager is the one we all want to work with or want to be. While nice leaders are the ones who constantly seek approval, often ending assignments with “is that okay?”, kind leaders know how to balance employees’ strengths and weaknesses to bring out the best in the team.


Nice leaders tend to enable and foster unacceptable behavior, like missing deadlines and not following proper procedures. They sometimes even end up doing the work of their employees who aren’t meeting expectations. This allows employees to feel empowered to continue unacceptable behaviors and can result in tensions and resentment in the office. Kind leaders know when to delegate and share their insight to mentor the team to accomplish the tasks that will help everyone reach their goals.


If you’re a manager, ask yourself which description best matches your leadership style. If it turns out you’re nice and not kind, a visit with your HR professional could be all it takes to get you on the track to becoming the manager that unifies and strengthens the team.


* Managers should all follow their company’s HR protocol in disciplinary situations.




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