Q4 Leadership Tip: Coping With Q1 Leadership?

Aug. 21st, 2019

The Situation

Jake is a middle manager at a tech firm. He tries to employ a Q4 collaborative style when working with people, and so far, it’s worked. Jake gets along well with his boss, who has a similar Q4 style.

For advancement purposes, Jake has applied for another position at the firm. It’s in a more interesting area of the company and includes a salary bump. Jake had a good interview with his prospective new boss, Leo, and ended up getting the job.

On the downside, Leo has a reputation of being a hard-driving, dominating Q1-style leader. People call him “Leo the Lion.” He’s very effective — but he’s also controlling and sarcastic, and sometimes, a bully. Jake isn’t used to that kind of behavior from a boss.

Surviving a Q1 Boss

Jake doesn’t want to act Q1 himself. It’s not his style — and it’s not good for job security to fight with your boss. Yet, he feels that he can’t be a doormat when dealing with that kind of Q1 aggression. What kind of behavioral strategy would you advise, in terms of working with this Q1 boss?

You Make the Call!

A. Jake should set a tone and working relationship with the boss that can minimize Q1 outbursts by understanding Leo’s intangible needs and communication preferences.

B. While remaining Q4 in his other working relationships, Jake might want to play it a little more below-the-line with the new boss.

C. Jake can think about matching the boss’s Q1 behavior with some of his own. Maybe he can become a little more forceful so that Leo will respect him.

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