When you start working with a new manager, asking how she likes to operate can help you build a productive relationship. Your boss may not think to articulate her management style, so asking thoughtful questions will demonstrate your attentiveness and interest in efficiency.
- “Do you prefer that information be delivered formally or informally?” If she prefers the former, prepare documents in advance of meetings and send frequent updates on assigned projects. If the latter, don’t clog her inbox; update her at crucial junctures or when you need guidance.
- “How do you like to process information?” She may like to hear it and respond in person, or to see it in writing before a conversation.
- “How would you describe your management style?” If she likes to have a hand in day-to-day operations and decision-making, touch base often. If she’d rather delegate, keep her posted on major developments, but handle most details on your own.
Adapted from Managing Up (20-Minute Manager Series).