July 22, 2021
There are behaviors that some people like, and seek to emulate, that are simultaneously hated by others. I first started to realize this in high school, when boys tended to like some of my behaviors while girls found them crude. These lessons helped me discover which behaviors are socially acceptable while in my youth. In a similar vein, employees can benefit from knowing the behaviors their manager values most.
Managers typically want their employees to be effective at everything. To identify the behaviors that influence them the most, I first looked at a Zenger Folkman dataset of 58,415 leaders. Next, I selected those who had the largest positive difference between how their manager rated them, and how peers and direct reports rated them. I then separated them into two groups: those the manager rated more positively, and those the manager rated more negatively. This analysis revealed some common key issues that tend to be hot buttons for managers. The following seven behaviors are those that managers value most:
As you read through the list, you may have identified one to two items you could do to make your manager your biggest fan. Write them down and generate a goal. Set an appointment with yourself once a week to review your progress. Identify people who seem to be talented in those areas and ask them for some coaching. It takes time and reminders to break bad habits, but as your abilities in these areas strengthen, so will your relationship with your manager.
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(This article first appeared on Forbes)
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