Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability. –Anne Mulcahy
Do you get along well with your boss? Answer 4 simple questions:
- Do you effectively and consistently communicate with one another?
- Do you have a trusting relationship?
- Do you feel valued?
Are you satisfied with your relationship?
Many people struggle with the relationship they have with their leader and do not understand why. Management experts Joe Takash and Bahaudin Mujtaba suggest 8 tips to improve your relationship with your boss:
- Learn your boss’ communication style. What level of detail do they prefer? How often do they want to meet? Identify who seems to communicate best with them and try incorporating their style with yours.
- Be proactive. Understand the strengths and inspiration you bring to the organization and ensure your boss is aware of them. If you have ideas, share them and create an executable plan.
- Meet regularly. Schedule (minimally) monthly meetings to discuss your progress against goals, areas for improvement, and jointly update your development plan.
- Ask for your boss’ opinion. Ask for their perspective on things. Share your ideas and planned approach, and ask for their input. If you’re the boss, ask your team for their ideas and LISTEN.
- Go to your boss with solutions. Most of us have heard “don’t come to me with problems, come to me with solutions”. That doesn’t mean we don’t ask for help or have questions but rather that we have thought it out, and can provide possible solutions.
- Develop a power that makes you attractive. Become an expert, stay apprised of changes in your industry, understand your competitors, have a strong customer/business partner relationship. Be indispensable! Market and utilize a strength that your boss will appreciate and use.
- Address problems. If you seem at odds with your boss, talk to them. Do it when you can have one another’s full attention, remain fact based as to why you feel uncomfortable, and keep your emotions in check.
- Play devil’s advocate. This doesn’t mean having open disagreements or making your boss look “wrong”. Instead say “Let me play devil’s advocate” so you are viewed as stating an alternate opinion which may bring additional light to the situation.
Invest the time to build a relationship with your boss, understand how they prefer to be communicated with and adapt your behaviors to align with their preferences.
It will make a difference!
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The employer generally gets the employees he deserves.–J. Paul Getty