Managing the boss is best done openly, not subversively. Smart executives communicate to the boss what they are doing and why they are doing it. If you were writing a memo to the boss about why you were managing him, you would address these ten reasons why a boss should want to be managed by a direct report:
- You can’t and shouldn’t do it all. You don’t have enough time and it only creates stress and frustration, which unfortunately trickles down to your team.
- You want to be managed so that it reduces the burden of your needing to have all of the answers. It’s OK to ask for the input of others.
- It gives you greater insights into how your key reports think, which will be helpful not only in the present but also in the future as roles change and new problems/opportunities arise.
- It allows you to focus on the tasks that you have the right skills to handle better than anyone else.
- It provides you more quality time to think strategically beyond the day-to-day.
- It provides you the opportunity to explore and examine new business opportunities, new sources of new revenue, and possible new products.
- You will have a sounding board who – if it’s the right person – will provide you honest and constructive feedback and advice.
- You have a built-in source of information, aid, and feedback.
- The relationship will enhance your ability to develop your direct report.
- It’s lonely at the top. Having a willing, intelligent, dedicated, and receptive ear is a significant asset for any leader.
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