How do you manage? Or how are you managed? The style of boss has certainly changed since the days of baby boomers rising up the corporate ladder. Nowadays, the pendulum swings between mentor or best friend. Those that nurture a professional relationship built on communication and guidance and those that are buddied up, blurring the lines between work and leisure. Is one better or are they trees of the same branch?

A recent survey of 1000 baby boomers, gen-x and millenials in management positions by Addison Group has found that 63% prefer to lead with mentorship. Whilst, 20% of this number (mostly millenials) want to be best buds with those that they manage.

The figures are cited as a sign of the preference for a work-life balance that sees people working from home, job-sharing and taking on more casual roles. Whilst this is all acceptable, management styles must be responsive to these shifts meaning a focus on communication is at the top of the list.

The mentor style became during the movement of business to the online realms resulting in satellite workers herded under a blanket of communication and partnership. The relationship a mentor strives for is one of unlocked potential and a voice for the employee, but where it goes wrong is the laying of blame when results aren’t produced. “Individuals often blame the manager for lack of support,” Thomas Moran, CEO of Addison Group says, “More often, it’s a breakdown in the employee’s follow-through.”

The best friend model is a prevalent model amongst millenials that sees them buddying up with employees in a relationship that blurs the lines between work and play. This whole-life perspective survives on constant and consistent communication, meaning it will suffer if this communication suffers in any aspect of the intertwining lives.

Which do you of these modern day techniques is better is hard to say, what do you think?

Source: FastCompany, original article by Stephanie Vozza