Are you worried that you may be jeopardizing your relationship with your boss? Here are some of the most common reasons why your relationship with your boss may not be as good as you’d like. Next week we’ll go over some tips for overcoming these barriers.
- Style – You and your boss may have different leadership styles that consistently create conflict between you.
- Personality preferences – You and your boss may have different personality preferences— that is, preferred ways of interacting and working HAVE A POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BOSS with other people—that give rise to frustration and irritation between you.
- Geography – You and your boss may work in different buildings, cities, states—or countries! Even an excellent relationship can suffer if you don’t see your boss regularly. You may feel that if your boss doesn’t see you enough, they will forget you exist.
- Temporary assignment – You may report to a boss on a temporary basis. Unless your boss is deeply focused on building your skill set and the connection between you, the short-term nature of the assignment may delay your progress in building a positive relationship.
- Matrix environment – In today’s complex and fast-paced organizations, many bosses have several areas of responsibility—some that overlap and some that don’t. The more varied your boss’s tasks, and the more work they have to lead, the less time they’ll have to spend with you. This can erode your ability to build a strong relationship.
- Hired vs. inherited status – Bosses are naturally more invested in people they’ve hired than in those they’ve inherited. It’s the difference between “I chose you voluntarily” and “you were given to me involuntarily.” Your hired vs. inherited status with your boss could have a big impact on your relationship.
- Let’s call it “enjoyment” – This might be the trickiest situation. You may not enjoy being with your boss and your boss may not enjoy being with you. The reasons for this displeasure may be one or more of my earlier points, or a new factor altogether. Whatever the reason(s), some folks just don’t like one another.
Drive Your Career: 9 High-Impact Ways to Take Responsibility for Your Own Success – Coming this September!
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