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how to successfully manage your boss

How to Successfully Manage Your Boss

The concept of managing your employer seems nonsensical. It is, of course, the job of the boss to supervise and manage employees, not the other way around. However, unbeknownst to many are the benefits of a workplace where this management system works both ways. Employees that can effectively manage their superiors will notice the positive effects on their workplace relationships and professional development. The key to managing your boss is to learn how to adapt to their mode of leadership. For instance, if your boss’ leadership style is structured and forthcoming, a successful managing employee would ensure they keep the boss updated regularly. Or, if your boss leads more intuitively, it would be more effective for you to put your nose down, work hard, and let your results speak for themselves.

This kind of on-par understanding will assist in maintaining your reach towards the same goals and outcomes for the company.

So, how does one manage their boss in such a way to benefit both parties?


As a rule of thumb, communication is essential. Effective communication is vital for comprehending exactly what your boss is expecting from you. It will also help you gauge how you can achieve it best. For example, your boss may be interested more in short-term, instant results from your marketing and sales team. However, you may be working towards better long-term profit. A lack of communication about this goal sets the workplace up for tension. Communication ensures you are both on the same page, working towards a unified goal – instead of arguing over insufficient productivity levels. Seek out the best medium of communication for you and your boss. It could be a face-to-face meeting fortnightly, daily emails, desk memos, or even text messages – and make sure you’re always working in cohesion.


Every boss will have a unique mode of leadership. If your boss is always hands on, but frequently pressed for time, you should delegate tasks and carefully consider what needs to be brought to their attention, and what can be supervised by other staff. It is essential that you comprehend what is expected of you, and express what you can realistically make happen. If expectations and abilities don’t align for a certain task, it is smart to negotiate the terms.

Furthermore, you need to not only have to understand your employer, but also yourself. Constantly assess your own weaknesses and strengths, especially when it comes to your interactions with others in the workplace. If you aren’t great at raising your voice when you detect a non-productive idea, learn to notice this in yourself and create strategies to overcome it. On the other hand, if you’re quick to be confrontational whenever your boss informs you of a decision, examine ways in which you can take a step back.


A healthy workplace relationship does not stop once you and your boss have become comfortable with each other. Maintain your professional development as time progresses. Ensure to retain the aspects of your personality that scored you the job in the first place. Keep your boss up-to-date, and if an issue arises be sure to let them know. Your truthfulness, as well as reliability, will keep you an asset. Lastly, as previously mentioned, delegate. Make use of your workmates and colleagues the way your boss does with you. If an issue isn’t pressing, and there are more important tasks to be done, make use your skills to ensure that only the significant matters make their way to the top office. In this manner, you become just an invaluable to your boss as they are to you, and the relationship ensures that both of you are growing professionally, and achieving company goals.



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