The Star Wars movies are like an ideal manager – inspiring, exciting and engaging. Still, not all the characters in the Star Wars universe are necessarily cut out for leadership roles.
Below are the characters workers said most reminded them of their bosses. Whichever style sounds most like your own, never fear (seriously, don’t… we’ve seen where the path of fear leads), we’ve also got some tips for improving your leadership skills.
Yoda – 16%
You’re a wise mentor who draws on experience to help your employees uncover the greatness within themselves. Still, while you may look great for a 900 year old, you may struggle to connect with younger workers.
Cross-generational communication is essential, and not always as difficult as it may first appear.
Jabba the Hutt – 12%
Jabba the Hutt is great at holding a grudge and ordering people around, but he’s not great at much else. Like many other notorious villains and bad managers, he uses intimidation and punishment as his main means of motivation.
Jabba would do well to note that there are better ways to motivate team members.
Han Solo – 10%
We get it. You’re a hot shot. But just because you made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs doesn’t mean you’re infallible. You may be used to doing things your own way, but as a team leader, it’s important to listen to your employees and understand their own unique work styles.
Of course, some work styles won’t always line up, but there are ways to ease the tension.
Luke Skywalker – 7%
You’ve got promise, but don’t get cocky, kid. Just because you’re new to this, doesn’t mean you should expect any leeway. It’s your job to find balance between confidently trusting your instincts and accepting that you still have much to learn.
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Darth Vader – 7%
You may find your employees’ lack of faith disturbing, but trust has to be earned. Intimidation is rarely the most effective way to motivate your employees. Don’t let your thirst for power blind you to potential allies and alternative points of view.
Princess Leia – 5%
You stick up for your people, and you understand the importance of recognizing outstanding performances – even if, on occasion, only retroactively. Recognition is a powerful tool, and in order to properly wield it, you’ll need to reflect.
Whatever your management style, don’t forget that – much like when using the force – the goal is to find the right balance.