Managing Your Boss Without Bossing Your Manager

A compatible relationship with your manager is essential to being effective in your job.  Good employees see managing the relationship with the boss as an important part of their job.  But managing your boss does not mean bossing your manager.  It means understanding your boss and managing yourself.  It means taking greater initiative and responsibility for your relationship with your boss.  It means being able to influence upwards.  An otherwise competent employee often ignores this aspect of the job, essential though it is to survival and advancement.  This course will help you make the most of the boss-employee relationship and build a working partnership into a win-win for both of you.

Participants will learn:

  • The dynamics of the boss-direct report relationship
  • How to compare the manager’s point of view and priorities to your own
  • How well your priorities match or conflict
  • How attuned you are to your manager’s work pressures
  • To analyze strengths and areas for development for each of you
  • To develop compatible work styles
  • To Identify mutual expectations and goals
  • How to influence your boss
  • How to handle disagreements constructively
  • How to get your boss to delegate more (or less)
  • How to get your boss to give you more freedom and responsibility
  • Practical solutions for improving your working relationship


Who Should Attend:  All employees

Methodology:  This program utilizes video, assessments, group discussion, case studies, practice exercises and a question and answer segment. A Myers Briggs Type Indicator assessment for both the manager and direct report can be included.  

Program Length:  One 8-hour session



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