Give difficult feedback, ask for what you want and manage your manager's expectations...

...without the FEAR of your boss retaliating, getting angry or being defensive

Learn how in just one hour


For nearly 20 years, we've successfully trained thousands of people, most of whom have the same difficulty with uncomfortable conversations.

Either they avoid it altogether...

...or it doesn't go well.

People tend to fall into at least one of these FIVE traps:

  1. They believe the problem will just go away on its own.

    The truth is, any issue you have with your boss may happen again. It will likely get worse, which will only make you more resentful.

    What you tolerate will persist.

    Then you lose motivation, become less productive and start becoming less engaged in your work...

    You start to complain about your boss to your co-workers, friends and family...

    ...and eventually you start looking for another job.

  2. They think their boss is already aware or should know better.

    In reality, your boss may be completely oblivious to the situation that you need to address.
  3. They think it's not their place to address the issue 

    It's important to remember that if you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.
  4. They don't know what to say.

    There are several predictable responses to conflict and uncomfortable conversations.

    Having a plan and the right words to use can help you avoid and redirect any emotional responses.
  5. They think they'll make matters worse.

    Many people worry that because it didn't go well in the past, they might further upset their boss or their boss might retaliate.

    Yet with a new approach and the right training, not only can you improve the situation and your relationship with your boss, you will position yourself as a respectful, intentional employee... 

    ...and set you apart from your peers when it comes to advancing in your career.

It’s time to respect this conversation for what it is: something that will help a difficult or disappointing situation get better.

Enroll in Lead Upward Today for only $47.99


The Lead Upward online course is taught by Living As A Leader coach and facilitator, John Rutkiewicz.

This course is made up of four modules. Each module is broken up into short video lessons you can watch and re-watch at your own pace.

It also includes a downloadable workbook with worksheets and useful phrases to help you plan out your Lead Upward Conversation.

The entire course can be completed in 1-2 hours.

Module 1 – The Challenge and Benefits of Leading Upward

  • The positive personal and professional benefits of Leading Upward.
  • Leverage your own influence without being manipulative.
  • Overcome fear and other common emotional hurdles that prevent us from addressing people of power.

Module 2 – The Six-Step Lead Upward Conversation Process

  • Increase your chances for success when communicating with your boss.
  • How to think like your boss to help get what you want.
  • Learn what to do first before you address your boss.

Module 3 – How to Have a “Lead Upward” Conversation

  • The 5-step Lead Upward conversation process.
  • Avoid making your boss feel ambushed or getting defensive.
  • Discover one of the most crucial communication skills to use during a difficult conversation.

Module 4 – Final Lesson – Course Summary and Next Steps

  • Putting it all together and taking action.
  • Planning the conversation.
  • Other ways you can use the Lead Upward conversation process.

At only $47.99, this is the most-affordable course Living As A Leader has to offer. 


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