3 Management Styles That Never Work in Startups

There are many types of management styles, but not all of them are effective.

As an entrepreneur and leader, you'll be taking on managerial responsibilities for your organization, hiring the right people and directing them to achieve your overarching goals. For some, this may be a new or unanticipated challenge, while for others, this may come naturally. Either way, you'll have to think carefully about how you conduct yourself and interact with your workers if you want your team to thrive.

There are dozens of management styles out there, and more if you blend them into unique hybrid styles. For the most part, there are advantages and disadvantages to each, but there are a handful of management strategies that simply don't work in startups:

1. Micromanagement. It's good to keep a close eye on your workers' activities, but don't get bogged down with micromanaging individual tasks or hovering over your employees. Doing so will interfere with their individual processes, not to mention wasting your own time. Trust your workers to achieve your goals however they see fit, and be there for guidance and direction when necessary.

2. Total Hands-Off. The opposite approach is equally ineffective; taking a total hands-off approach is designed to give your workers the ultimate flexibility to work how they like. However, a good manager needs to be there to lead and direct the team. Make sure you're present enough to keep your workers informed and on task.

3. Exclusive Disciplinarian. Taking a strict disciplinarian approach doesn't work either. You need to have consequences for team members who repeatedly disobey rules, but focusing on the negatives will produce a work environment with low morale; instead, focus more on positive reinforcement.

Stay away from these management styles as much as you can, and opt to create your own approach. Elements of these approaches--such as giving workers flexibility and checking in on their progress--are useful, but instead of adopting them outright, simply learn from them and develop your own strategy.