I’m making slow but steady progress on the ‘Slacker@Work’ book. Matt Wagner has been invaluable in helping me clarify my thinking in a bunch of ways. One thing that’s come up is the idea of categories of managers. I’m aware of two: micromanagers and undermanagers. Micromanagers are well known–they want to do your work for you. Undermanagers are less threatening, but equally dangerous–they think they’re "empowering" you by providing no guidance or structure.
What other managerial types have you worked for, dysfunctional and otherwise, and how have you counteracted them, worked around them or otherwise accomodated their idiosyncrasies?