“How do I manage up more effectively?”
That’s a question I’m often asked by federal employees, and my first reaction is empathy for the person asking the question and for the supervisor. Clearly there’s a disconnect. Both the employee and the leader are failing to appreciate that they each have responsibilities to help one another succeed.
Just as you have expectations that your boss will help you balance your workload, achieve results, grow professionally and advance in your agency, you also have an obligation to help make your leader’s job easier as well. After all, your boss has to manage up too and likely around a greater range of issues.
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