Recently I had been planning a post out in my head about “leading up”. That is, how to lead your manager/supervisor/leader. Then today I ran across a nice piece on the American Management Association website about influencing your boss.
This article hits on a lot of keys to leading up. When you lead up, you need to be able to influence those above you to achieve your vision and goals. The best way to do this is to earn the trust of your supervisor and make their goals your goals and vice versa. By showing your dedication to them, they will in turn become more dedicated to you and give you more autonomy to make decisions. Once you are making important decisions you are able to direct conversations and projects, thus leading everyone involved (including those above you).
Its funny when you think about it. The same basic tactics that make you a great leader for your followers can also help you become a leader of those above you.
- Pursue mutual success
- Make them know they can trust you
- Focus on what is important to them
- Adapt to their work style