In a perfect work environment, you would have a great manager, a clearly defined role and expectations. But Gallup says that companies fail to hire or promote managers with the right talent for the job 82% of the time. So what can you do if you have a difficult manager who makes it hard for you and your team to get the job done?
That’s when it’s time to learn the leadership skill of managing up. Managing up is the art of learning how to work better with the manager you have, no matter their skill level, work style or personality type.
As a manager, you serve as an intermediary, so you need to protect your team by having tough conversations. If you learn to manage up, you will find more success and happiness in your job, and the employees on your team will be better off, too.