One of the questions I often get from leaders at all levels, everywhere is: “How to I lead up?” or; “How do I manage my manager?” I have even had the question from CEOs (yes, CEOs have a boss too… It’s called the Board of Directors).
I have been there. Young. Full of energy. Full of ideas for growing team engagement, customer satisfaction, lowering costs and increasing revenue only to be shut down by the boss. Micro-managed. Under-appreciated. Frustrated. “Why doesn’t anyone above my boss see how incompetent he is!”
I was told often that I was making ‘Career Limiting Decisions’. I would be busting my butt working long hours and… nothing other than more criticism and extra work.
Sometimes, your manager is incompetent. He was just good at making other people with ‘authority’ think he was a Rockstar.
Sometimes, you are working in an organization that doesn’t align with your values and you are bumping up against a wall in the dark with no way around.
Sometimes, you don’t have all the information.
I could write a book on this subject however, I have always promised that this blog is an easy quick read so here are my suggestions:
Good luck! Go forth and learn and teach.
Robert Murray is a Vancouver, BC based Business Strategy Consultant, #1 Best Selling Author, International Keynote Speaker, and TEC Top Speaker of the Year for 2018. For further advice, insight and inspiration on how to unlock your inner leader, follow Robert on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.
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