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How do I manage my boss?

The interesting thing to me about the question, "How do I manage my boss?" is who asks it. I have never heard anyone ask that question who didn't think they had a bad, or at best a troublesome, boss. So maybe the real question is: "How do I act when I've got a jerk or an incompetent for a boss?"

It's important to remember that even if your boss is a universally recognized jerk, he or she has the organizational power, and you do not. You may have the moral strength of angels, but the boss can fire you and not vice versa.

So, start by being realistic about your situation. What options do you have? Can you get a transfer? Can you quit?

Be realistic about your boss. He or she won't change the habits of a lifetime easily or quickly. If fact, the habits of a lifetime are not likely to change at all.

Good boss or bad, your job is to help the boss succeed. So figure out what the boss is after and see if you can help him or her achieve it.

Check out more resources on this topic on the Three Star Leadership site section on Managing Your Boss.


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