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Building the RIGHT Relationship with Your New Boss.
Congrats on landing a new job! It doesn’t matter if this is a summer job, an internship, or a new job twenty years into your career – first impressions matter. One of your most important relationships is with your new boss. Use these 3 tips to start the relationship off right!
3 Tips to
1. Be Open minded; Seek First to Understand
Your new manager is going to have their own way of operating. Seek to understand their perspective. Don’t make any snap judgments. Work within their style.
Understand how they like to work: they may like a weekly status to understand what you are working on OR they may be very hands off. Don’t make assumptions – ask them how they like to work.
Understanding how they like to operate is important. With time, you can add feedback to make this relationship really work for both of you. Working to their style helps you understand what’s important to them, what information they do/don’t need to know, and what type of decision making power they are comfortable with you having. Taking cues from other colleagues on the team will also help you understand how your new leader likes to work.
2. More Versus Less Communication
When building a relationship, more versus less communication is recommended.
Keep them up to date on your projects, questions you have, and rationale on decisions you’ve made. This helps your new leader get comfortable with your work style and capabilities. Don’t pretend to know it all – asking questions is a good thing!
Additionally, ensure you understand their/your team’s priorities and how your projects fit into the bigger picture. This helps you prioritize your own work. Asking for feedback on how you are doing is important so you can learn and grow from your new leader. For HERE for other tips on seeking feedback from a new leader and building a strong personal brand.
3. Deliver Results and Be a Team Player
Delivering results with a great attitude is the best way to build your personal credibility with a new manager and be seek as a valuable member of the team.
If you can’t deliver within a defined timeline, make sure you proactively update your leader and then commit and deliver to the new deadline. There is nothing worse than not doing what you say you will to diminish a new relationship.
What’s Worked For You?
Have you recently had a new manager? What did they do well to support you? What to you think you did well to set your new manager up and make them look good? Any lessons learned on what not to do when building a relationship with a new leader?