Usually, your immediate manager provides the gateway to your success.
If you are given a choice, choose that person wisely because they can really help you.
If you’re not given a choice, how should you cultivate a good relationship? Key question: Ask them how they like to receive their communications, and through what technology. This at least shows you’re interested in communicating, and you’ll receive some insight on how they process communications.
In business, the relationship with your manager is called your “primary relationship”.
During the interview for a job or promotion, ensure you can communicate well with this person. If you can’t “connect” on a personal, face-to-face level, maybe this is not the job for you.
You also need to respect them, trust them, and understand them. Learn to “scratch their back” and they, in turn, will scratch yours.
Your manager will expect you to be a quick study, and if you have any questions: Don’t be afraid to ask, especially in the early days of your new job. What can you reasonably ask of your manager? Simply put: Ask anything that will help you do your job more effectively.
If you feel that trust and respect are issues, make the most of the situation. You can always learn from anyone. Even if you learn how NOT to do something in a certain way. It’s all a learning experience.