How to lead your boss when it is needed





To lead up effectively, remember that leadership is not about shining, it is about helping others shine. Leadership is an art of creating powerful human currents moving innovatively and enthusiastically in the right direction.

Once your boss knows that you bring judgement and get results, the way is clear for you to lead your boss.


Leader 360

Leaders vs. Others

Leader vs. Manager

The Art of Leadership

Soft Skills

People Skills



Leader 350 Self-Leadership Stretch Yourself Self-Leadership How To Sell Your Ideas To Decision Makers 12 Leadership Roles Results-based Leadership Superleadership Leadership Leader 360 Lateral Leadership Horizontal Leadership Leading Up Leadership 360 - Lead yourself, leading up, lateral leadership, leading down  

Leading-up is about leading your boss, helping your supervisor to see the right goal and find the right path before too late.

Learn how to lead both from in front and from behind.

It is great if your  boss want to be led up. Otherwise, use Tao-style leadership.



Vadim Kotelnikov

Change-Leadership Perpetuum Mobile

Change creates Leaders, Leaders create Change

Vadim Kotelnikov, founder of 1000ventures - personal logo Vadim

Inventor Business e-Coach

Author Innoball

Founder Innompic Games icon



Leadership up is vitally necessary in a number of cases





"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it," said Dwight D. Eisenhower.





Intrapreneurs must master the art and skill of leading up because they have to make their upper management to embrace their entrepreneurial vision and enthusiasm.

Entrepreneurial leaders must know how to lead up to be able to inspire the top management to pursue emerging entrepreneurial opportunities.




Leaders of Radical Projects must be good at leading up because radical innovation projects have to move through a terra incognita and deal with many unforeseen challenges.


Disruptive Strategist

Radical Project Management (RPM)

Fuzzy Front End




Head of Growth

must know how to lead up to be able to sell disruptive ideas to the CEO and the Board.

  Head of Growth tasks growth hacking managing growth nurturing growth






Leading the Boss





"Leading up requires an ability to work in two directions at once, of both stepping into the breach and listening to those below you before you step off a cliff yourself. Above all, upward leadership requires the conscious subordination of personal gain to organisational purpose. Leading the boss is therefore about helping the organisation to achieve its mission regardless of the personal costs or benefits," says Michael Useem, the author of Leading Your Boss.

"Upward leadership requires a driving urge to make things happen on high, an unflinching willingness to take charge when not fully in command. When a subordinate does lead up, it requires equal courage for the boss to listen down, especially in cultures that traditionally eschew voices from below. A culture that encourages upward leadership is built, not born. For that, senior managers must regularly insist that their junior staff question strategy and challenge error. Asking those of lesser rank to say what they candidly think and complimenting them for doing so are small measures that can make for big improvements."

New Management Model


Head of Growth