Influencing Up: Fostering Collaborative Relationships with Your Bosses

Monday, October 18
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (Central Time)
CE: 1.0
Level 2 (intermediate knowledge/expertise)
Activity Code: 165060


The idea of “managing up” may evoke thoughts of navigating around or compensating for an ineffective or difficult supervisor. In reality, a true managing-up approach focuses on effectively communicating with a boss or leader in a way that benefits your work, which in turn benefits them and the organization. Managing up is a vital skill we all need, so it is important to manage up by listening, anticipating, collaborating, and persuading when necessary. This session will explore the dynamics of effective managing up, what it is (and is not), strategies to increase your ability to competently interact with a variety of bosses and leaders, and pitfalls to avoid. This session will answer the question, “What steps can I take to improve my working relationship with those above me, and be a more valuable and influential contributor.

Planned with the Committee for Lifelong Learning

Learning Objectives:

  • Build an influential relationship with your bosses to accomplish work and career objectives.
  • Adjust your communication style for effective two-way communication.
  • Incorporate managing up skills into your career and professional development plan for career advancement.

Performance Indicators:

  • 2.3.4 Promotes a friendly, cooperative environment that is conducive to employees sense of belonging.
  • 2.3.5 Facilitates an understanding and appreciation of the differences among team members and how they each contribute to the team.
  • 3.1.1 Identifies strengths and opportunities for self-improvement and improvement in others.