Establishing strong relationships with your managers

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Our Focus last week was centered on building strong relationships with your teams…this week we flip that around…it’s also interesting that we still talk about your “Manager” and not your “Leader”, and yet in terms of modern thinking, “Leader” is much the preferred choice!
Naturally, it’s essential for career growth, effective communication, and professional development, that your relationship is strong…this does not always have to mean “like” but will always need “respect” …ideally both!

Here are some tips to help you build strong relationships with your managers:
Communicate effectively: Keep your managers informed about your progress, challenges, and accomplishments. Be clear and concise in your communication, and actively listen to their feedback and instructions.

Show initiative: Take on additional responsibilities when appropriate and be proactive in finding solutions to problems. Managers appreciate employees who demonstrate initiative and are willing to go above and beyond their basic role responsibilities.

Respect their time: Understand that your managers are busy individuals with multiple responsibilities. When scheduling meetings or requesting their assistance, be mindful of their time constraints and try to be as efficient as possible.

Be reliable and accountable: Deliver on your promises and meet deadlines consistently. Take ownership of your work and be accountable for your actions. Managers value employees who can be trusted to follow through on their commitments.

Seek feedback: Regularly ask for feedback from your managers on your performance and areas for improvement. Use this feedback to develop your skills and grow professionally. Demonstrating a willingness to learn and grow shows your commitment to your role and the organisation.

Build rapport: Take the time to get to know your managers, and if appropriate, show genuine interest in their life outside of work and of their career aspirations. Building rapport can help strengthen your professional relationship and build trust and mutual respect.

Be solution-oriented: When presenting problems or challenges to your managers, also come prepared with potential solutions or ideas for addressing them. This proactive approach demonstrates your problem-solving skills and can help alleviate some of the burden on your managers.

Show appreciation: Acknowledge and appreciate the support and guidance your managers provide. A simple thank you can go a long way in building positive relationships.

Establishing strong relationships with your managers is built on trust, mutual respect, and effective communication. These relationships can not only enhance your job satisfaction but also open up opportunities for career advancement and professional growth.
Finally, always remember…

“Together, we achieve more.”