4 Manager Types and Their Impact on the Workplace

It’s long overdue for the workplace to be a life-giving force in our lives. For too many years, work and the workplace have been the opposite: life-taking, depleting, exhausting… even depressing. Authors Karin Hurt and David Dye would add soul-taking to the list of misery.

In their new book, Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results—Without Losing Your Soul, Hurt and Dye throw us a life preserver. Managers who keep their souls signal optimism for those who work with, and for, them. This is where winning well enters the picture.

Check out what the authors told me about what winning well means.



Manager Types

In this new era of leadership, managers can thrive despite the conflicts, demands and rapid pace of business. It does, however, take a certain type of manager to do well in business today. This belief is the meat in Hurt and Dye’s book. They describe four types of managers; the pinnacle being the “Winning Well Manager.” The 2×2 below highlights the four manager types. The descriptions are pulled from the book.
The following videos feature Hurt and Dye explaining the types of managers.


User Manager

Winning Well Manager

Pleaser Manager

Gamer Manager


If your organization will be in the minority group where employees are engaged and energized by their work, the effort starts with you. There is no need to wait for a proclamation from up high that it’s time to become a winning well manager. It won’t happen. Creating a thriving workplace begins with a belief that you can positively influence the work environment. No need for permission. No need for training.

A good way to personally make the shift is to pick up a copy of Karin Hurt and David Dye’s book. Let it be your companion guide to make the shift to becoming a winning well manager. The motivation to be this type of leader can be found in the positive impact you’ll have on your employees’ lives.

We need more leaders who are capable of shifting the negative narrative of crappy work experiences. It’s time hard work is viewed through positive sentiments. It’s your time to create the outcomes winning well managers produce. It’s a joint effort between you and your team.



Change Leader | Speaker | Writer Co-founder and CEO of ExchangeGain. Passionately explores the space where business & humanity intersect. Promoter of workplace optimism. Believes work can be a source of joy. Top ranked leadership blogger by Huffington Post. The Optimistic Workplace (AMACOM) out 2015

  • David M. Dye

    Shawn, thanks for the great interview. Love your opening line! The workplace can be life-giving (and we’re all better off when it is.)

  • Karin Hurt

    Thanks so much. I love your book. We truly are kindred spirits on this leadership journey

  • There’s a more human way to do business.

    In the Social Age, it’s how we engage with customers, collaborators and strategic partners that matters; it’s how we create workplace optimism that sets us apart; it’s how we recruit, retain (and repel) employees that becomes our differentiator. This isn’t a “people first, profits second” movement, but a “profits as a direct result of putting people first” movement.

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