Man at work thanking a woman

Two Bosses Two Kinds of Work

Michael Feeley
2 min readMar 9, 2022


THERE ARE TWO kinds of bosses to work for.

The compliant boss asks you to fit in, do what you’re told, don’t ask too many questions, stay in line, keep your head down, don’t connect with others, be average, follow the rules, and follow the herd. It’s the factory, an industrial state of mind. A toxic, frozen way to work. Clock in — Clock out.


The encourager boss asks you to do your best, be creative, innovative, take risks, make choices and lead, service the heck out of customers, solving problems because you want to and can. He wants you to care — to be a professional — remarkable — indispensable. Letting you know it’s OK to make mistakes just own them, learn from them, and do better.

Wherever you work, you want to love your work, be respected and valued by people for the quality work you do because it’s you living as your best self. It’s art.

It’s hard work making a difference, and you do it because you want to and feel there is no other way to live.

> What kind of boss do you want to work for?

> What kind of boss do you want to be?

You have a choice.

Thanks — Michael (he, him)