Leadership Tip

How to deal with a manager who is stealing your thunder

It’s easy to fall in the shadow of your manager at work, given that they often have more concrete and established relationships with senior leaders. This can mean your manager becoming the face of the projects you are working on, which will impact your visibility. Here are some tips that may help:

  1. Talk to your manager honestly and tell them that you are seeking exposure within the company. Convey that this could help you get more feedback for improvement.
  2. Build internal relationships by reaching out to peers and partnering on projects. You can share project updates with senior leaders during meetings or over emails.
  3. Show your expertise. Find out what your colleagues are working on and see how you can help them with your skills.
  4. Find a mentor who understands the organisation’s culture. They can help you connect with leaders aligned with your project.
  5. Change jobs. If nothing else works, the last resort can be to change jobs.

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