How do I lead my boss?

Successful communication from the bottom up

Do you sometimes wonder how you could work better and more efficiently with your boss? Because your boss does not have things on the screen that are essential for you? Or because you keep getting tasks that do not suit you? Because you sometimes feel hindered to do your job really efficiently and successfully? Or even because you feel unfairly criticized, bullied or simply not sufficiently promoted?
Bosses should lead their employees - that is a common management belief. But the fact that employees should also influence their bosses is not yet firmly anchored in everyone's mind. Employees influence their bosses anyway - but often not consciously or purposefully ... and often not with the desired result.
If you want to make a positive and active contribution to improving cooperation with your boss, this seminar offers you various starting points. Here you will receive suggestions for solving challenging situations between boss and employee in a constructive way.
Using many practical examples and exercises, you will analyze your personal learning issues, train your communication skills, and thus develop personal strategies for expanding trusting and solution-oriented upward communication.

Possible content:

  • What employees want from their bosses
  • Positive examples of successful bottom-up communication
  • Change of perspective: How does my boss the world, and how do I communicate with him/her in the best possible way against this background?
  • Conversation rituals on the job: typical male and typical female communication behavior
  • Reflect on own self-esteem, strengthen standing and communication behavior at eye level
  • Giving friendly and firm feedback
  • Finding solutions and commitments for mutual benefit
  • Dealing with emotions in tricky conversations
  • Collegial consulting: problem analysis and concrete solution finding

Senior trainer Susanne Dranaz on the training:

Why is it even my responsibility to manage my boss?

Managers are only human and are more or less well trained for their leadership job. The way they try to meet a variety of different priorities has an enormous impact on how successful we ourselves can be in our job. If we choose to consciously influence our relationship with our leader in a positive way - including by providing appropriate feedback about what we ourselves need - we can more easily do our job productively and with commitment, structure and clarity.

Can I influence my manager at all?

Yes, we can. With advanced communication techniques, we can convincingly represent our concerns and points of view even when we believe we are sitting on the short end of the stick. An important prerequisite for this is that we change our perspective and understand what drives our manager and is particularly important to him/her. In this way, solutions emerge that are beneficial for all sides.

Communication is a matter of type. How can I positively influence my relationship with my manager, even if it sometimes seems as if we just don't fit together?

When "the chemistry isn't right," it's actually often due to different preferences in working style and communication - and we can learn to deal with them better. However, it is often also the result of problematic interactions that have become ingrained over time and in which we ourselves have a share. In the seminar we practice techniques to deal with our own negative emotions. We look at the existing dynamics and develop ways to change them positively.