Just in, "I wish I could give your book to my boss so that he could become a more effective manager."
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? I bet half of you are thinking that you too wish you could give my book, Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeding All Around to your boss. However, fear will probably stop you from doing this. Of course if you read the book, you'd know exactly how to discuss this sensitive subject with your boss so that he or she would be willing to examine their management style to see if it's really working.
Some bosses actually worked their plan in order to obtain the position they are in today. However, many just wound up there due to circumstances. No one has taught them how to lead and most likely no one has taught the person above them either. It's just one of those situations where everyone is thrown into the deep end of the pool, regardless of their abilities. As hard as it might be, show some compassion as your boss may indeed be they guy who can't swim or in your case, manage to save his life.
Now the other half of you may be thinking, "Did one of my employees write this about me?" If you think this is even a remote possibility, then I suggest you sign up for my free teleconference, where you can ask me any questions you have on matters related to leadership and management. Do so today as we have a limited number of lines still available.
If you can't make the call, then think about asking your people to provide you with feedback regarding how well you are doing as a leader. At first, it may be tough to hear, but in the end you'll be glad that at least one person decide to throw you a life saver.