10 Tips and 3 Questions for Managing Up
1. You are responsible for your own part of the relationship
Whatever way you cut it, there are always two sides to any story. If things aren’t working out well, take a good take look at yourself and consider what you’re doing to help the current circumstances. If you find there’s nothing you’re not doing correctly and are doing everything right, ask yourself what you can be doing to help alleviate the issues your boss may be facing… perhaps even in the simplest way of lending a listening ear.
2. Be aware of who your leader is and what they do.
In the introduction Knowing your leader’s personality and style of working can go a long way in creating a positive connection. What do they prioritize? How do they manage their time? How do they manage to communicate? How do they handle stress? Are they more task-oriented, or are they more people-focused? What are their beliefs? What motivates them? Knowing these characteristics of your boss will enable your to improve communication with them and know how to best influence them.
3. Help your leader succeed
It’s been said a million times before to make your boss look nice. This doesn’t mean you have to be utterly submissive to them and let them claim all the responsibility for your work (if you have an employer like that, you may want to have an alternative conversation with them); however, it is providing them with quality work and adhering according to deadlines, to ensure that both you and you, as well as them, are seen as doing a great job.
4. Keep your leader informed
Nobody likes surprises. It’s better to communicate too much rather than communicate in a sloppy way. Don’t presume that your boss knows what’s happening. They’re likely to get busy, so be sure to keep them informed on progress. Don’t hesitate to share bad news fast… do not allow them to hear it from another person.
5. Establish an influential network
Whatever your position within your company, you must take charge of your professional career. Do not rely solely on your relationship with your boss. It can be very restrictive in the sense of exposure to opportunities elsewhere. Connect with others up, across, and across all directions within and outside your organization.
6. Be true to the purpose
Keep in mind the reason you joined the organization in the first place. What makes you want to get up early in the morning to get ready for work? What are the benefits you can bring by what you do?
7. Create your career path
This is an extension of the number 5 above. It’s time to take this on. Where are you looking to go? What are the skills you’ll need to be able to demonstrate? Who do you have to speak to and help you? What steps must you take to achieve this? After you’ve figured this out, take a systematic approach to it.
8. Be able to push forward
The ability to rebut is a vital capability to possess. I believe you can communicate any message as it is if you have the courage to share your viewpoint and be mindful of the needs of the other party. If you follow this method and utilize your good communication skills, a solution that will benefit both parties is likely to be the result.
9. Maintain respect for your leader
It’s easier to admire certain people more than others. However, it’s essential to maintain respect for your boss. Everyone has their weak points and advantages because we’re all humans, and maybe even if you were your boss, you’d behave differently. If you’re not happy with your boss, regardless of the reason, it’ll eventually manifest in your behavior… and that’s the time you’ll need to work towards a higher level! Consider the qualities you admire about your boss. Focus on their strengths and the lessons you could learn from their strengths. As I mentioned, we’re human beings, and everyone faces challenges at the workplace and in personal lives that could influence our actions. Understanding and tolerance are essential capabilities to learn.
10. Act has grown up
The last one is a statement on its own. Always be professional and accept responsibility for what you do as well as what you say and to whom you are saying it.
If you are finding it challenging to keep up, here are three questions to help you understand the root of the problem…
What are your biggest challenges in tackling your problems?
What are the reasons you must be able to?
What are three ways to reconsider the need to be able to handle it?
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