Management types in binary
There are only two types of Managers in the world, and the trick for us intelligent employees is to figure out which camp yours falls into. Unfortunately it seems to be that there is more of one type than another. That said lets see the two Management types.
Type A: Person who gets promoted to the job as they have the skill, tenacity and leadership abilities to do the job and make sure the business profits from their skills.
(Sadly a rare and endangered species in the buisness world)
Type B: Person who gets promoted up so that everyone else below can get on with doing their jobs and keep him/her out of the day with the shiny exec toys and out of the way of important visitors and clients. Often promoted as HR(sorry for the use of pseudo Job Titles here) have concluded that if they fire him/her they would face expensive and long legal bill, better to promote him/her up out of the way instead.
This type represents the vast majority of managers in most blue and white collar workers lives in a recent poll.
The correct management style for employees is to identify which category your manager is and manage them accordingly.