It’s a strange realization when you start a new job, especially when you’re an entry-level employee and this is possibly your first “real adult” job, that you have to manage your boss. If you had good mentors, a good internship, or perhaps a really good Career Center in college, someone may have told you this would happen. If you’re like me and heard of this but never really thought it was true, it might be a shock when you find out, yes, you do have to learn how to manage your boss.
Learning how to manage your boss is extremely delicate and depends a lot on your boss’ personality. Are they Type A’s who like to know everything, are they less hands on and expect you to go to them with problems, or, perhaps the most difficult of all, are they all over the place with no consistency?
Luckily for you, I’ve had all three types (plus many more, and many that share similar qualities), and I’ve successfully navigated the waters around all different types of bosses. Here are a few ways you can learn to successfully manage your boss without making it look like you’re managing them.