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What Should I do to Improve my Relationships with my Superiors?

A supervisor is a supervisor—neither a buddy nor a close confidant. You may work closely together, but that doesn’t guarantee you will become friends. With some managers, the best you can hope for is treatment with professional respect. It doesn’t hurt, however, if you don’t give your manager reason to dislike you. If you are unfortunate enough to have a selfish, immature, or just inept manager, as everyone has had at one time or another, it is still to your professional and personal advantage to afford your manager a level of respect.

To build high regard from your manager, you need to learn not to respond to every slight and even to go out of your way to defend your manager’s position when it makes sense. Such behavior will position yourself well professionally with your manager. Others will come to learn about you from him as well. Consequently, your name will come to the mind of either your manager or others in senior management when career opportunities come up. Good managers know which employees to keep in the background and which ones to trust and therefore recommend for promotion. Those with presence, people skills, and strong interpersonal skills are repeatedly tapped because they have proven they know what to do as well as what not to do.