One of my recent interviews had live call-ins where one gentleman wanted to know how to handle a demanding boss. A client sought help with an emotional boss. In a perfect world, our leaders would be the example for excellent communication, but unfortunately, many times the burden is upon our shoulders to adjust our communication style to meet theirs.
First and foremost, you need to understand your style. You are either a Commander, Coach, Counselor, or Conductor. My book, Leveraging Your Communication Style, available at https://www.lorrainebosse-smith.com/store/ will give you insights into your strengths and communication preferences. Once you determine your style, identify your boss’s. Often times, those who are most challenging for us to communicate with are those who are our opposites. If they are Commanders, be assertive and to the point. If they are Coaches, be animated and engaging. If they are Counselors, be an attentive listener. And, if they are Conductors, be very accurate in your presentation.
When you take the initiative to adjust your style to meet theirs, conversations will go smoother. They may not know why, but they will appreciate it and you!