“Managing Up”.. to climb the ladder!

Posted: August 30, 2010 in Opinion...

~ Angelito G. Belmonte

Working hard is sometimes not sufficient to be promoted.  Being smart about it also helps.  If you look around you, you may notice that some people who look ambitious act differently from the rest of the crowd.  In fact, there is an expression for that and it’s called “managing up.”

Managing up basically means to make “a conscious effort to positively influence and maintain relationships with those in leadership roles above you.” (Deb Koen, DemocratandChronicle.com)

Not managing up does not necessarily hurt, but may not help you get where you want to be.  In addition to the above, Koen suggests 5 factors to consider:

  • understanding and taking into consideration superiors’ expectations and priorities;
  • delivering results;
  • communicating accomplishments;
  • seeking feedback; and
  • staying true to oneself

Koen maybe right especially on the first factor. Superiors are always expecting submission from the subordinates but sometimes it takes taking advantages. The second factor is a must for promotion but often overlooked because of the culture of “dynastism.” Our society is divided to those “who have” and “who have not”, if you have “nothing to share” then you are out of the circle. Staying true to oneself requires a lot of courage and discipline especially in this present time. You have to dance to what the music suggested, or else you cannot achieve your goal.

As you go up the ladder, you will need “to rally people behind your vision and state your case crisply.”  It’s common sense: going into management is about managing people.  Even if you are very good at what you do, but can’t manage people, you won’t go into “management.”  In that regard, being effective at communicating with others is the key.


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