5 Ways To Manage Your Boss
- Stop blaming your boss-It’s easy to blame work-related issues on your supervisor.“The project wasn’t completed on time because of poor communication.” “I’m bored at work because the boss doesn’t recognize my skills or experience.” The first step in managing up is to stop blaming and to take charge. Understand that you can change the relationship dynamics between you and your boss. Make a commitment to take the lead.
- UNDERSTAND EXPECTATIONS- If your boss hasn't taken the time to explain expectations to you in detail, schedule a meeting to go over them.
Define your job description, and set goals together. Instead of assuming this will be enough to keep you on track, set regularly scheduled meetings for feedback.
- LEARN HOW TO EFFECTIVELY HANDLE CONFLICT WITH YOUR BOSS-When issues arise, instead of becoming mired in the "whys" of your boss's actions, decisions, or behaviours, politely tell him or her how you are being affected. Then ask for feedback on how he or she believes you are contributing to the problem.
Conflict is much easier to resolve when the parties recognize their part in it and don't play the blame game.
- BE LOYAL-Never publicly criticize your boss. If others are doing it, don't join in. Instead, walk away and say nothing, or counter with a positive comment.
If you have an issue with your boss, bring it up in private, and don't talk about it with others.
- DON’T COMPETE- Instead, be supportive. Succeed together, not apart. Trying to stand out while making your boss look bad won't help you get ahead in the long run.
Start by figuring out the goals you have in common, and devise a plan that ensures you both succeed and look great.