Managing Your Government Career: Success Strategies That Work

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CHAPTER 4
Your Relationship
with Your
Superiors

THE RELATIONSHIP that you build with your superiors, especially your first-line supervisor, will go a long way in determining the success of your career, as well as your overall satisfaction with the job. If you have a good relationship with your boss, you are going to feel valued and respected and will act accordingly. You are likely to take the extra step, bust your gut, stay late, and/or do whatever it takes to get the job done and make the boss happy. This is the type of relationship that everyone wants at work, but too few people seem to have.

On the other hand, if you have a boss that you don’t like and/or respect, or one who doesn’t seem to respect you or treat you well, you will tend to feel lethargic and demoralized and will not look forward to going to work. Work will feel like an ordeal, and that feeling will intrude into other parts of your life. In short, when we do not have a good relationship with our supervisor, we feel devalued and believe that we are not appreciated, which is never a good feeling.

Clearly, there may be times when we work for the boss from hell, and it seems as if there is almost nothing we can do that will make that person happy. However, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the person you work for is not a bad person. He may be very demanding or difficult,

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