At one point or another in your career, you will report to a manager, the person you fondly - or not - call boss. The relationships that you create and manage, with both your immediate boss, and other company employees, are critical for your work success and career progress.

How to Develop an Effective Relationship With Your Boss

These steps will help you develop a positive, ongoing, supportive relationship with your boss - a relationship that serves you well, your manager well, and, as a consequence, your organization well.

The first step in managing up is to develop a positive relationship with your boss. Relationships are based on trust.

Recognize that success at work is not all about you; put your boss's needs at the center of your universe.

Identify your boss's areas of weakness or greatest challenges and ask what you can do to help. What are your boss's biggest worries; how can your contribution mitigate these concerns?

Look for and focus on the "best" parts of your boss; just about every boss has both good points and bad.

When you're negative about your boss, the tendency is to focus on his worst traits and failings. This is neither positive for your work happiness nor your prospects for success in your organization.

Learning how to read your boss's moods and reactions is also a helpful approach to communicate more effectively with him.

There are times when you don't want to introduce new ideas; if he is preoccupied with making this month's numbers, your idea for a six month improvement may not be timely.

Learn from your boss.

Although some days it may not feel like it, your boss has much to teach you. Appreciate that she was promoted because your organization found aspects of her work, actions, and/or management style worthwhile.

Ask your boss for feedback.

Let the boss play the role of coach and mentor.

Value your boss's time.

Try to schedule, at least, a weekly meeting during which you are prepared with a list of what you need and your questions. This allows him to accomplish work without regular interruption.

Tie your work, your requests, and your project direction to your boss's and the company's overarching goals.

When making proposals to your boss, try to see the larger picture. There are many reasons why your suggestion may not be adopted: resources, time, goals, and vision. Maintain strict confidentiality.

In your relationship with your boss you will sometimes disagree and occasionally experience an emotional reaction.

Don't hold grudges. Don't make threats about leaving. Disagreement is fine; discord is not. Get over it. You need to come to terms with the fact that your boss has more authority and power than you do. You are unlikely to always get your way.Use these tips to build a powerfully effective relationship with your boss.