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I struggled early in my career because I had a boss who practiced a laissez-faire leadership style, which meant minimal and brief contact throughout the work day.
If you are working under someone that has a LAISSEZ-FAIRE LEADERSHIP style you may be able to get away with some things.
You can't always be uptight and breathing down the necks of the people working for you. Sometimes you have to take a step back and let the people do what they know to be right. Let them do their jobs, laissez-faire leadership can work if you have smart people behind you