It's natural for us as team leaders to sometimes feel limited by the necessity of serving our managers. But that service actually provides many opportunities for us to increase our effectiveness in our own departments. The trick is knowing how to follow your manager in a way that builds opportunities for your people.
Help your boss take pleasure in the work. A stressed-out boss spreads tension throughout the work group. Recognize the activities that refresh your manager—and, whenever possible, encourage him to take part in them. Note the most taxing parts of your boss's schedule, and look for ways to mitigate or eliminate them. Demonstrate your preparedness for delegated tasks by doing a bang-up job on any assignment the boss passes over from his too-full plate.
Save the boss's time. Do your best to make sure your boss is handling the problems appropriate to his level. That means taking care of your own people so well tha...(register to read more)