I have been in the same management position for 2+ years after being promoted. My manager has a tendency to communicate by looking for the negative in everything. Reports come out showing future trends in sales and we (mgrs) will get emails saying things like "we need to do better at this." Never has any meat or guidance behind any results that need work (if that makes any sense).
We get along just fine overall but I feel like I am turning to the same negative ways with my team that he has with his. Always looking to poke holes in anything. On two occasions, I have told him that he can be negative sometimes and that it would be more beneficial to the overall performance of the team if he would work on this. He has agreed but the same behavior continues. I am now concerned for my job as my performance dropped off toward the end of last year. I take full responsibility for the numbers that have been produced but one of the things that I will always remember from a previous director is "if you fail, it is my fault." I guess I partially hold him responsible because all I get is "you need to do this" or "why didn't you do this?"
I love my job, the company that I work for and the people that I work with but I really want to work with him to make the performance of our teams much better than they have been in the past. Any help would be wonderful. Thanks.