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7 Steps to Becoming the Next Boss

Updated on July 9, 2014

You wake up very early in the morning. You take a quick shower, get dressed in a flash, and a bowl of cereal is your usual breakfast. You arrive at the office half awake and start your work day making your boss look good simply by giving your all. And you do this 8 hours a day, 7 days a week… maybe even more.

You’ve been in this game too long and you have your eyes set at your boss’s job. You know you can do what he does, heck, you can even do it better. The rise to the top is not easy. While it is hard work, it also involves creativity and strategy.

Here are the things you should do so you can be the next boss:


1. Be the 2014 San Antonio Spurs

Simply put, be a team player. What did the Spurs achieve this year? You’re right, the NBA championship. Magic Johnson said it was the Spurs’ passing of the ball that won them the ring. It was just perfect. Sure, they also have their Big Three (just like the Heat), but Tim Duncan is clearly nearing the end of his career while Manu Ginobili is also on the wrong side of 30. But they worked within Greg Popovich’s system, each playing out the role given to him, and it worked. Four wins to one in the Finals series is no easy feat.

2. Use power poses

Communication is not just verbal, you also communicate through your body language. How you stand, how you walk and shake hands. What are the messages you are sending out as you do these things? Amy Cuddy, a Harvard researcher, found out that people with leadership qualities or those in power use what she calls as power poses before and during their interactions with others.

Pose for success...

3. Learn to make the hard choices

Indecisiveness is your enemy. A great boss, when faced with a problem, knows and picks the best way out of it. He just knows how to make that difficult decision. It is not always an easy thing to do, but you just have to do it. Analyze the consequences of that decision and even more important, learn to let go of your fear of failure. Oftentimes there is no right or wrong decision. You have to identify which is the better one and live with it.

Go for the dunk!


4. Be the go-to guy

In any sports there will always be that star player, the MVP. Be that guy. Make sure that your boss and your colleagues know they can always rely on you to deliver the goods. And just like an MVP, don’t just put the ball in the basket, slam-dunk it! Make a statement, that you’ve done your job and you went the extra mile. It’s not just about showcasing what you did, but more on letting people know you were the one who made it happen.

5. Make your boss look good

Your promotion will most likely be in the hands of your boss. What better way to be in good graces with him than to help him look good in front of his own boss. If he will be doing a presentation, prepare everything he needs. Make sure his reports are in order, that the conference room and the projector are ready, and that he arrives in time. But most of all, do your job well. If people think you are a very good worker then it will also reflect on your boss. Contribute to his success and you will be successful too. Eventually he would notice all of your efforts.

6. Tell your boss what you really want to work on

Show him you really want to be a part of his team and even more than that, you are willing to take on more responsibilities. There are two things here: one is you are telling him you really like working for him and the company and two, that he can depend on you. Think of a project you can manage and propose it to him or simply ask him to give you more important tasks.

7. Dress for success

If you want to be the next boss then you should start looking like one. Invest in quality work clothes. Tailor-made suits may cost you more, but they will fit you best and make you feel more comfortable. You shouldn’t just look good in your attire; you must also feel good wearing it. For you to be treated professionally, you need to look professional.

Choose suits with minimal patterns so others will focus more on you and what you’re saying than be distracted by what you’re wearing. Dark conservative suits are preferable, but you should also wear lighter shades if you want to look friendlier and approachable.

Choose the right attire.

It's now all up to you.

Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to the top. Remember that to be the next boss you must convince people that you have what it takes to lead. You can do that through your actions, mindset, and how you project yourself to others.


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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A well-informed hub and these steps are worth working toward to being the next boss.