It seems counterintuitive: How are you supposed to manage people above you when you haven’t even figured out how to be a manager? But I know from personal experience that if you don’t begin with managing up, you won’t have to worry about managing down. It is critical to learn how to manage these relationships effectively so that you can secure the resources you need to be successful in any situation. Observe how others successfully gain resources in the organization. As long as their methods align with your values, follow suit.