Four things you can do to strengthen your partnership with your manager:

  1. Understand your manager and yourself. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. Label your working style. Know what motivates you.
  2. Set and manage expectations. Know what your manager expects from you, so you can be honest with them about what’s manageable. You also have to be honest with yourself about what you can handle. You may also have to manage expectations with yourself: recognize that while you can influence your manager, you can’t control them.
  3. Prioritize communication. Work to understand your manager’s style of communication. Identify the best ways to present them with challenges and opportunities.
  4. Don’t be afraid to negotiate. “Negotiate” is a scary word, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you’ve laid the groundwork for your relationship with your manager, telling them how you feel and what you need is much easier. Keep an open mind as you negotiate and be willing to compromise.

For many people, their relationship with their boss is the number-one determining factor in their happiness at work. By learning to manage and improve that relationship, you’re investing in your own happiness.

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