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George Washington - Guardian Supervisor (ESTJ) Mother Teresa - Guardian Protector (ISFJ) Albert Einstein - Rational Architect (INTP) Margaret Thatcher - Rational Fieldmarshal (ENTJ) Mikhail Gorbachev - Idealist Teacher (ENFJ) Eleanor Roosevelt - Idealist Counselor (INFJ) Elvis Presley - Artisan Performer (ESFP) Jacqueline Onasis - Artisan Composer (ISFP) Dolley Madison - Guardian Provider (ESFJ) Queen Victoria - Guardian Inspector (ISTJ) Walt Disney - Rational Inventor (ENTP) Dwight David Eisenhower - Rational Mastermind (INTJ) Thomas Paine - Idealist Champion (ENFP) Princess Diana - Idealist Healer (INFP) Charles Lindberg - Artisan Crafter (ISTP) George S. Patton - Artisan Promoter (ESTP)

Getting Along With Your Guardian Boss

What clues can you use to see if your boss might be a Guardian? Does your boss have a strong sense of "normal" operating procedures? Does your boss emphasize points by using a chopping movement of the hand or pointing a finger? Is your boss's posture a little more stiff than flexible? Does your boss talk about or emphasize Rules and Regulations? Does your boss seek security and predictability and respect for organizational hierarchies? If so, your boss could be a Guardian.

Hot buttons for a Guardian boss are:

  • Employees who don't take their work seriously
  • Employees who break the company rules
  • Employees who do not respect their position and follow order

Being successful with your Guardian Boss means paying attention to what your boss sees as important and acting upon orders. If you disagree with a proposed action, talk calmly about pros and cons for all actions. Guardians appreciate well-thought-out comparisons. If your boss still insists upon the original plan, carry it out.

Going over your Guardian boss's head is considered an unforgivable offense. If you are asked by a higher-up for a status report, give it, then immediately repeat the conversation to your boss. Guardian bosses do not tolerate disloyalty.

There are four different kinds of Guardian bosses. The Guardian Supervisor is results-oriented and decisive and has the little patience for listening to long explanations. When talking to this supervisor, prepare ahead of time and make the report concise and factual. The Guardian Inspector wants great exactitude in work product and has little tolerance for errors. Double-check your work before presenting it to this boss. The Guardian Provider feels personally betrayed when co-workers are bickering and work is late. Work to solve any problems so your boss can again take pride in the work-group being a smooth-running team. The Guardian Protector fosters a climate of belonging, and dislikes procrastination. Be sure you are seen as a person who works hard and upholds the reputation of the work unit.

Guardian Supervisors and Guardian Inspectors are usually pretty direct in their communication. Guardian Providers and Guardian Protectors are more concerned with people's feelings and may be less direct, so as an employee you may need to be sure you ask enough questions to find out what they are wanting. Be sure to give them information in a timely manner about any potential delays in getting work done. That enables them to deal with any consequences and prevents embarrassment to all. Make sure you learn any applicable rules and regulations and standard procedures and show respect for your boss. They may not load you with praise, but you will gain their respect in return.

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