Becoming a mid-level manager is a substantial accomplishment. At the same time, you are now responsible for dealing with stress from above and below. Is your boss overriding your authority and trying to lead your team without your help? By asking yourself these following questions, you can start managing your manager before you start typing up your resignation letter.
Is It You?
Is It Your Relationship?
Some managers send mixed messages simply because they do not talk to each other. They give staff members conflicting information about deadlines, procedures and even work schedules. To minimize these occasions, set up regular meetings and discuss priorities. Establish a process for filtering projects, questions and tasks down to front-line employees and up to senior leaders. If you have examples of manager interference, discuss them after a cooling off period. In the end, learn whether your boss prefers instant action or thorough investigation. You can even take a class to learn how to blend your communication styles and work better together toward the same goals.
Is It the Company?
Some business cultures take a very top-down approach to operations. Even when you are entrusted with a specific duty, you may be micromanaged because everyone else is treated the same way. Talk with your peers and uncover whether they struggle with the same issues. You may need to learn how to cope or get out of the way.
In most cases, managing your manager effectively involves communication and persistence. Always take your issues directly to the person involved, and never talk badly about your boss to your subordinates. In severe cases of meddling bosses, you may want to seek advice from an executive at a higher level or from a human resources consultant.
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