Managing your boss is not actually as difficult as you may think and “managing up” has become an acceptable term in today’s corporate workplace. Irrespective of your position in the company, you need to speak the same language as your boss or the person you want to influence or ‘manage’, and focus on what matters to them. This is essential to succeeding in and developing your career, as at some point, you're likely to come across a boss, a colleague or a client who may be difficult to relate to or influence.
In today's work world, nobody makes it completely on their own. Managing up is just as managing down. But many people don't realize this. Instead, they waste time complaining about the boss and assume that they are powerless to change and imprve the relationship. If that sounds like you, consider this:
You Own 50% of your relationship with your boss and are 100% in control of your own behavior. And the way you behave towards your boss teaches him how to treat you.
Know your boss well:
Make efforts to know your boss well. Get yourself acknowledge with your boss’s likes, dislikes, hopes, fears etc. understanding what all motivates your boss helps greatly in managing your boss effectively.
Don’t rely on your boss for constant detailed guidance on every issue that comes up and avoid consulting them on a problem if you haven't spent at least 10 minutes thinking of possible solutions. It will impress your manager if you go to them with a tricky issue and then suggest ways to resolve it. Gradually develop a way of handling your boss by understanding what to deal with directly and what to consult on.
Be upfront about your ambitions:
Even if all you want is to stay just where you are, make sure that even this ambition is plainly communicated to your boss. Remember that your boss deserves to know all what all want.
Meet deadlines on time:
Trust me, there’s no substitute for delivering what your boss has asked for, on time and up to standard that he or she has laid down for you. Remember that if your boss doesn’t have to chase you for getting the work done, then you leave him or her with an opportunity to praise you for your efforts that you incorporated in getting the work done.
Provide your boss with objective feedback:
No matter whatever your organization does, your manager has the responsibility of meeting the performance targets laid down under company’s rule. To do this effectively, he or she needs to know where things are going awry, rather than to find out the same things later. Your boss relies on you to give proper and objective, timely feedback. So make sure to give a good feedback to your boss about the things that needs to be changed rather than telling to everyone else for building a more constructive relationship with your boss.