As a recruiter, it’s important to identify different management styles when hiring municipal employees. It can help create a healthy work environment and leadership opportunities. Take a look at the following and see if you can identify some of these among your municipal employees.

The Maverick:

This person is always living on the edge, moving between innovative and insubordinate. This person is constantly on the lookout for new ways to accomplish things. And while this can lead to some creative and great new ideas, it can also blindside you, the manager, when you realize after the fact that policies & procedures have been ignored, skipped, or disregarded.

The Native:

You know this municipal employee because everybody knows them. It might become an issue when this person seemingly is influenced too much by others and disrupts the reporting structure.

The Leader-in-Waiting:

This one may be smarter than you, more capable than you, and may have a great plan for how the department should be run. Listen to their ideas and input, but draw the line where they begin to undermine you, the supervisor, and take the more mature approach of humoring their suggestions.

The Charmer:

Likeability is a big factor when selecting someone to be part of a municipal team. But likeability could also be a problem, especially if it’s killing their ability to delegate and have projects completed on time. This type of management style may be more suited if you have the budget for someone dedicated to sourcing or coordinating.