We have all worked with that person who does not know how to chitchat, cannot make eye contact or even says inappropriate things from time to time. When that person is your boss, it can be very uncomfortable. How do you build a relationship with a manager who is not good at relationships? Here are some strategies: 1. Reflect: Reflect on and process your emotional responses to your boss’s behaviour either on your own or with a friend or mentor outside of your workplace. 2. Be helpful: If you are someone with a lot of emotional intelligence, having a boss who lacks it may actually be an opportunity. You can help your boss communicate with colleagues, translate his vision and generally smooth out his rough edges. 3. Get to know her: Try to get to know your manager by asking her about what she is interested in, cares about and values. These efforts may not be reciprocated — and that is OK. 4. Offer feedback: It is worthwhile to try occasionally to help your boss become more self-aware. ...

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