It can be difficult to get along with your boss. But if you want to get ahead in your career -- and stay sane -- you have to try. Find out how.
Step 1: Study your boss Learn your boss's style of management and adapt to it. Some micromanage and prefer constant communication about the status of projects; others delegate responsibility and expect to hear from you only when something gets done.
Step 2: Develop your skill set Develop a specific area of knowledge that will be valued and will balance the boss's weaknesses so you will be able to cover for them. Become a go-to employee whose advice and knowledge are invaluable.
TIP: Being a "yes man" is counterproductive. Cooperate and be a team player, but speak up if you disagree with the way something is being done -- just make sure you provide a viable alternative solution.
Step 3: Bring up the past Remind a reluctant, indecisive boss of past problems when a decision was avoided for too long. Support their tough decisions.
Step 4: Manage boss's time Manage your boss's time, making appointments with them well in advance, and suggest ways to streamline their schedule. They will appreciate the help if it's done to speed up processes.
Step 5: Analyze and solve Identify problems and offer solutions. Analyze data, define tasks, simplify the message, and construct a way to address issues. Don't dump problems in the boss's lap.
TIP: Don't oversell your ideas and push against the company's direction, which might risk losing ground in the long run.
Step 6: Earn trust Earn trust by promising only what can be delivered. Demonstrate integrity by sharing good and bad news. Give the boss a shoulder to lean on in any circumstance and you'll get along well.
FACT: 21 percent of workers admit to having dated a boss, and nearly 40 percent have dated someone in a higher position in their organization.