Protect the Boss from the Adoring

Not every boss is a public figure. Not every boss wants to be seen in public. But like it or not, there is a necessary public side to leaders who occupy positions of relevance or importance.

I have worked for people who were household names, people who were known and were expected to be seen and heard. One of them, Colin Powell, had rock-star status. We used to kiddingly say that we feared he was closing in too fast on Mother Teresa in popularity.

That may sound glamorous until you reach that point in the favorability polls. That’s when you have to deal with the consequences.

It might be as simple as being ...

Get Ways and Means for Managing Up: 50 Strategies for Helping You and Your Boss Succeed now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.