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Can You Manage a Tiger Boss?

August 8, 2015


Yes the picture is a cheetah but can not find as sexy a picture of a tiger


Anyone who has been in the workforce for more then five years I am sure can relate to the situation of a Tiger Boss…


Characteristics of the Tiger Boss:


The Tiger Boss is the leader who hovers around ready to pounce at any time!  They tend to act without warning, moving from one area to another in an attempt to either distract themselves or seek out new experiences.


They have a tendency to roar when they feel threatened and will go for any perceived threat like a flash of light returning to their desk a little angst but at ease with their actions.


They will move around with an air of confidence and do not know what they do is harmful as they tend to totally believe that what they do they do for the betterment and protection of the team or individual.  From setting out to discover new things to getting lost in their thoughts and dreams, the Tiger rarely ever shows exactly how they are feeling or what they are thinking.


Thanks to their dominance Tiger Bosses tend to create a clan or family like mentality amongst their teams, an environment where people muster together to protect one and support one another. 


The costs of a Tiger Boss:


Beyond the financial return on the business around unhappy staff (this is another discussion) the Tiger Boss costs individuals a lot.  They tend to create a lot of anxiety and internal tension for members of their team.  By governing from an emotion of fear individuals tend to be reserved at showing initiative out of fear of being ‘bitten’ by the tiger.


People also tend to have an internal struggle in that they like the team because they have a sense of protective connection with others and respect for their colleagues who are protecting them.  This sense of clan like family holds individuals back from taking steps to walk away from the company and securing another role elsewhere.


Furthermore, unfortunately our bodies are not designed for the constant level of internal distress and so peoples health and emotional wellbe