As appropriate, most management training programs are focused on preparing new managers to manage their team. But, at the same time, it’s important to understand that interactions with your boss matter too. You need to learn how to better manage up.
Successful managers know how to forge effective relationships both with those below and those above them. To help you and your team be successful, it is crucial that people managers proactively put themselves in a position to get the positive attention and support required to learn, grow, and perform.
Your Manager’s Point of View
Fundamental to establishing any good relationship is empathizing with the other’s point of view. Think of your manager as just a step above you, with similar concerns and responsibilities. Your boss needs you to perform and, like you, must rely upon more senior managers for upward mobility and support.
Your boss’ reputation and success, like yours, is dependent on the success of their team, the support from their boss, and the ability to collaborate across functions and teams to get work done.
They, Too, Are Only Human
Rather than be intimidated by your boss, try to focus on what you have in common as you both strive to succeed together. If you can view your boss as a potential ally in your corporate journey, you will be able to better manage up.
How to Succeed
Now with a healthy, empathetic attitude toward your boss, you can become a better direct report by:
The Bottom Line
As a new manager, are you overly focused on managing down? This could be a mistake if you want to perform at your peak and grow in your role. Understand that managing up is as important as managing down and sideways.
To learn more about being an effective manager, download 5 Management Misperceptions that Slip Up Too Many New Managers
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