#40 Managing Your Manager in 5 Easy Steps

The 360 Leadhership Podcast, Episode 40, 28 September 2022 by Lucy Gernon

Managing down is easy, but what about managing up?

Learning to manage your manager is important to be successful in your leadership role. It is imperative you get along with your boss and “play the game” to a certain extent.

If you’re like me, you hate corporate politics, so when I say play the corporate game, you can play it in a way that feels aligned to you.

Since we are only human and spend so many hours per day with the same people in our jobs, it is also very common to have problems, disagreements or communication issues with your superiors.

If you ever feel your rapport is turning sour, there are many ways to turn your relationship with your boss around in order to feel less stressed and more successful.

Respect earns respect – so while you can ensure any miscommunication or bad energy is quickly quashed on your side, your boss can also take steps to ensure their employees continue feeling valued and motivated which leads to better work environments and higher quality output.

Your boss has a big say in your future career opportunities in many cases, especially if you plan to move up the corporate ladder within your company or if you plan to stay in your current role and gain opportunities to expand your impact.

In this podcast episode, you will learn how to build and sustain a good rapport with your boss without crossing any lines whilst keeping your own boundaries in check.

Here’s the episode at a glance:

[05:38] Navigating power dynamics between you and your boss

[07:38] Why speaking up is imperative for success

[09:03] Why defining non-negotiables for your wellbeing betters your relationship with work

[12:02] How to find common ground and breakdown barriers

[13:32] Struggling with capacity? Try this.

If you’re struggling with your boss, or want to learn how to be a more effective communicator to your colleagues, I’ve opened up a few spots for some 90-minute strategy sessions.

On our call, we will have a very specific focus and topic, I will give you tools and a plan as well as the ongoing support you need to take you through step-by-step how to handle your problems.

Go to www.lucygernon.com/strategy and book a call now.