While you probably think of management as the relationship you have with the people who work for you, management is a two-way street and your boss requires some relationship management too. Even if you’re an entrepreneur, you may have a similar relationship with a board chair or someone else in your sphere of influence.
First of all, it’s important to understand that managing the boss is not selling out or acquiescing to anything. Managing the boss and thinking about how best to do that does not mean you love everything she/he does. This is like so many other issues we discuss in career coaching. There’s a balance, so be smart!
Let’s start with an easy one. You have a responsibility to try to make your boss look good. When you do your job well, she has an opportunity to shine with her boss. You can also go beyond doing your job well to taking something off the boss’s plate – something that she doesn’t particularly like to do – and making her look good.
Don’t become indispensable to your boss. In other words, it’s nice to take the occasional task off boss’s plate; however, not so much that you become indispensable. If you do that, you could become someone, he will not promote because he couldn’t bear to lose you.
Think about managing your boss as finessing the boss. Ask yourself what does he/she value, how does she think or what motivates him? If you have an understanding of what makes her tick, you’ll be better able to manage and finesse your relationship with the boss.
A very important way to advance at work is to demonstrate that you have ideas for change and solutions to problems. These ideas, however, are only as good as the ability to sell them and get them implemented to prove your value. Think about your boss, what is her communication style or workplace lingo. Talk to her in a way that speaks to her communication style as the best way to sell your ideas.
I have always found that keeping one step ahead of the boss at work is a great way to be recognized and rewarded. Everybody has a full plate; everybody is busy. If you can stay a step ahead of your boss, anticipating his/her needs, then you are more likely to please the boss and get ahead.
So you see, it’s all about relationship, like so many things. Management is not just for your subordinates; management also applies to your coworkers, colleagues and your boss. Regardless of whether your boss is a man or a woman, these basic rules for relationship management apply.
Employees and bosses both have their issues, because we’re human and certain personality chemistry clicks while other personalities might clash. At work, this is not about being friends, this is about learning to examine the situation, how you can lead within your team and manage your relationship with your boss.
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