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How to manage your boss

People often complain about their bosses. However, it is important to note that your ability to manage your boss is a critical success factor for your career advancement. Here is how to effectively deal with your boss.


Loyalty is one of the most important traits every employer looks for in an employee.It does not matter how good you are at your job. You have to be seen as being loyal to your organization and your boss. Always be discreet with information and do not go around gossiping about your boss with colleagues. Your job is to make your boss succeed.


In order to manage anyone, you have to understand the person. Same goes for your boss.

  • Know how your boss thinks
  • Know how your boss communicates
  • Know what your boss’s priorities are
  • Know what your boss demands from you
  • Know how your boss wants tasks to be carried out


Irrespective of how skillful and knowledgeable you are, do not challenge your boss.This does not mean that you cannot disagree constructively with your boss. When you so, it has to be with the right motive: your desire for your boss to succeed.Always get your facts right before bringing up arguments with your boss and remember he/she has the final say.


Every boss likes staff that meet deadlines. Such staff are usually seen as being more competent than others and hence have more opportunities for career advancement Do not promise to over deliver.  Try as much as possible to meet always meet deadlines and when it seems you are unlikely to do so, communicate appropriately to your boss.In order to meet office deadlines, get yourself organized, have a to-do list and avoid distractions.


Poor communication causes relationships to breakdown.One of the habits of highly effective people by Stephen  Covey is “seek first to understand, then to be understood”. Be good listener and seek for clarification from your boss when needed.Organize your thoughts before walking up to discuss with your boss. Be clear and assertive when speaking at all times.


In order to excel in your career, you need to be able to manage your bosses effectively until you become the Boss. As mentioned above, your skills, talent and enthusiasm alone are not enough.

Written by Aguolu Kenechukwu an Abuja based Motivational Speaker and Entrepreneur. Email:


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