Managing Up

Managing your own boss is one of the more challenging aspects of being an executive.

And this is true at almost every level of management.

It’s actually surprising how many managers don’t take this as seriously as they should.

The reasons vary for why some don’t pay attention to this part of their job, but they can usually be boiled down to one, or a combination of these reasons:

Reasons For Not Managing Your Boss Effectively

1. Assumption That The Boss Knows What’s Going On

It’s unrealistic to think that your boss knows what’s going on in your department.

And when you make this assumption, you’re also not giving your boss the opportunity to provide you with the help and guidance that would make your job easier.

He's busy. You're busy. And there's a very good chance that he's not a mind-reader.

Assume that he doesn't know what's going on in your department - and that he probably would like to know.


2. Thinking That Your Boss Doesn’t Need Your Help

The fact is that every boss, every manager, relies on his team of direct reports to provide the assistance and help that makes him or her more effective.

It’s called teamwork.

Your management decisions and choices will reflect on your boss, and affect his ability to be successful.


3. Wanting To Appear Independent

By attempting to establish an aura of independence, these managers are denying themselves the very guidance, coaching and connections to the rest of the organization that are essential in being a successful manager.

Managing by going it alone is rarely a successful strategy in such an interdependent world – and the same is true internally, inside companies.

Managing your boss is a valid part of your job.

It requires you to accept that you can’t go it alone, and that you are both dependent on each other for success.

You’re in the same boat so it’s best to start rowing together.

In my next post I’ll talk about how to do that and what you should be paying attention to in order to effectively manage up.