Then my next three supervisors were what I would characterize as poor leaders:
- Allowed his personal life to impact his mood day-to-day;
- Played favorites, and I was definitely not one of them;
- Was never satisfied, and had a completely unrealistic work ethic by which he oppressively measured everyone else.
Recently I had a #friendoftheblog ask me if I was ever going to follow up on a post titled 35 Things to Do for Your Career by 35 from April 27, 2018, where I mentioned that I could write a whole separate blog post on managing up (see tip #20). Once I got over the embarrassment of realizing I'd forgotten to do this, I got to work!
For the sake of adequate preparation, I thought I'd find a few pertinent articles to throw in for further reading. OH DEAR. I discovered that there are several interpretations of what it means to manage up!! Here is a sampling of what I found:
- The Muse: To manage up is to be your own advocate if you're getting work dumped on you by multiple managers;
- Wall Street Journal: To manage up is to go above and beyond the tasks assigned to you so that you can enhance your manager's work (which sounds a bit like sucking up);
- Forbes Magazine: To manage up is a practice that can get you in deep trouble rather quickly if misunderstood or misapplied - yikes!