When to be a Coach, and When to be a Boss


There are many different type of management styles, but if you had to divide hem into two groups, there'd be “coaches” and “bosses.” A coach management style is a type of leadership in which a person emphasizes motivation, training, personal development and the overall needs of the employees. A boss management style is the more traditional office structure, in which the employees follow the directions of their boss in a standard top-down structure.

There is a time and place for each of these styles, and the best business owners know when to be a coach and when to be a boss.

Consider the following tips:

In general, the type of method that will give you the happiest, most motivated employees is the coaching method, but remember: there is a proper time and place to be the “boss” as well. What's important is knowing when you need to use each managerial style, and adjusting to the situation you find yourself in with your business.

Need more words of wisdom on your own managerial style? Contact us today at Viral Solutions, and we will be happy to help.

Thomas von Ahn | Chief Elephant Slayer | Viral Solutions LLC

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About Thomas von Ahn

With more than 30 years of experience in B2B sales across various industries, Thomas has unique insight into both the offline and online sales sphere. It was during his time in the trenches that Thomas noticed a recurring theme: Though business owners are knowledgeable about their craft or trade, they often struggle to market and sell to their prospects. This realization is what prompted Thomas and his now business partner, Christine, to bring Viral Solutions to life. Since starting the company, Thomas has been able to assist countless business owners in developing a solid marketing plan based upon sound marketing strategy, then assigning the marketing tactics to a team of talented employees, and, finally, watching those actions unfold—his true passion.

Though Viral Solutions is on Thomas’ mind 24/7, he does occasionally take a break to cheer on the Green Bay Packers and enjoy his adopted home of Wisconsin. Much of his family also works at Viral Solutions, and this closeness with family and employees is the cornerstone of the Viral Solutions culture.