Power is a touchy subject, especially in American culture. Even the word “power” has negative imagery of deviousness. But it is necessary to know how to fully interact with your boss, since afterall, people who work a 9-5, have bosses. So the ability to manage management is important in order to successful in any organization.
Understand that your boss is also an employee of the organization and subject to different forces above and below him or her. Boss’s goals and objectives, how boss is rewarded, pressures on boss (from their boss, organization, and environment) are all things you should quickly assess. Other things to read from your boss are your boss’s power (ability and capacity to exert influence, Boss’s strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots, and Boss’s managerial style. That way you can determine what course of action to take when managing your boss and leaving a positive impression. This is important, because as a subordinate, you also have influence, and the better your boss likes you, the more influence you have.
Good habits to make:
Work to make your boss’s life easier by helping your boss accomplish his or her goals, and in doing so increase their visibility and reputation. One example is picking up a task your boss doesn’t like or isn’t good at.
Tie your requests/preferences to your boss’s organizational goals. Show the boss how giving you what you want/prefer will help achieve their goals.
Ask your boss for feedback and performance evaluation. You can improve on your current tasks and even do them a lot more efficiently and satisfactory.
Speak up and keep your boss informed, but determine the frequency in which to talk to your boss. A status update every 15 minutes might come across as annoying but a morning update might be helpful on which course of action to take that day. Also, the way in which this information is delivered: messaging, email, or face-to-face.
In addition to what I mentioned above, most importantly do your job correctly and be reliable with the task at hand. Building trust is important in business and personal life, and if you boss and coworkers trust you, then you will be heard more and be generally liked more. If you successfully do all this, then you are more likely to be promoted and get a raise.