So you’re working your way up the corporate ladder when you realize…….your boss – a fairly new member of the “old boys club” – isn’t pulling his weight? What do you do? What can you do about it? How can you get him to pull up his socks?
But truthfully, there may be nothing that you can do unless you already have influence with your boss. Given the dilemma, in order to move forward, accept this potentially real limitation as a fact, then consider a leadership perspective. Ask yourself, not how can I get my boss to change? Rather, ask yourself, how can I handle myself in this situation, to show off my best attributes?
Tip # 1 – To show off your best attributes, you really need to know what they are, and the answer is not technical ability. The strengths that compare, in this situation, are interpersonal in nature. Leadership skills.
Tip # 2 – At the core of all great leadership skills, lies good, healthy functioning relationships. Have them and thrive. Die without. Relationships – usually the type that has depth and meaning to them – provide a platform to all long-lasting success stories. Relationships that have been blended with strong leadership skills can often impel a desire to be supportive and helpful from those around us once you’ve shared a vision for the greater good.
Tip # 3 – Your communication at this point needs to be purposeful. Utilize impeccable timing, strategic direction, and an intention to cultivate authentic business relationships. Taking things just a step further, you can and should create your own personal agenda, with a focus to target certain people to get to know better or influence.
Overall, my point regarding this dilemma is that you will likely be more effective, more influential because you have taken the time to nurture and cultivate mutually respectful relationships with others, including your boss. Leadership is not about controlling others, using force or manipulation to make them bend to your will. Leadership is an opportunity to breath life into the type of person you want to become. Cultivate and nurture your own character.