The Key Aspects of Managing your Manager!

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In Harvard Business Review’s seminal 1980 article “Managing Your Boss”, John J. Gabarro and John P. Kotter identified three key parts of successfully managing upwards:

  1. Understanding your boss and their context:
  • What are their goals and objectives?
  • What pressures are they under?
  • What are their own strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is their preferred work style?
  1. Understanding yourself and your needs:
  • What are your own strengths and weaknesses?
  • What is your personal style of work and interaction with others?
  • Are you predisposed to be dependent on authority figures, or do you tend to be more naturally independent?
  1. Developing and maintaining a strong relationship that meets these key criteria:
  • It fits both you and your bosses’ needs, as well as your styles of work
  • It sets mutual expectations
  • It involves open communication so that your boss is well-informed
  • It’s based on dependability and honesty
  • It makes strategic use of your boss’ time and resources without over using them

Managing upwards is critical when it comes to being a successful leader or executive – book a call today to find out how I can help you positively foster this crucial relationship.

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