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How to impress your boss?

Updated on October 22, 2016

Do not try to impress your Boss

Impressing boss is a difficult thing. It is observed that newbies try to impress their bosses frequently. They show their impatience. Please remember, this is not an easy task.

Please do not try to impress your boss. It is dangerous! Boss is boss after all !! This is the first and foremost advice. The boss is much smarter than you. That is why he is the boss. You may lose your credit or even your dream job trying to impress your boss.Your career may be at stake! So what to do?

There are two golden rules for a subordinate (an old proverb).

Rule No. 1: Boss is always right.

Rule No. 2: If you think not, see rule No. 1.

These are very simple rules. It seems to be a joke but it teaches a lot.



Humor: Differences between you and your boss

When you take a long time, you're slow. When your boss takes a long time, he's thorough. When you don't do it, you're lazy. When your boss doesn't do it, he's too busy. When you make a mistake, you're an idiot. When your boss makes a mistake, he's on
When you take a long time, you're slow. When your boss takes a long time, he's thorough. When you don't do it, you're lazy. When your boss doesn't do it, he's too busy. When you make a mistake, you're an idiot. When your boss makes a mistake, he's on | Source

Your work is your impression

Your work and your work only can impress your boss. A boss or a leader is the person who manages his or her subordinates. He / she knows the internal abilities and capacities of an employee. The boss assigns work according to Skills and capabilities of the employee and want him or her to deliver it. Quality work does matter for the boss.

You have to remember that your boss also has a boss and is responsible to his higher authorities. Even if he / she is the highest in rank he / she is responsible to the corporation and shareholders. He / she is also responsible to the tax authorities and the Government.

Your boss will be held responsible for your work. Your quality work will place your boss high in the eyes of the authorities. This certainly creates your impression too.

Psychologists say that people love smart actions, not the smart people. Perform and complete your assigned works smartly. But never try to be over smart. You may be downgraded if you try to look smarter. It will hurt your boss's ego. Hence, be modest with your boss and he will start you loving.

How to impress your boss?

What work to impress your boss: The four 'C's

Yes, you can impress your boss. There are four Cs to remember. learn and follow these four Cs and impress your boss.

1. Confidence: Be confident. Your confidence will place you high. It will be reflected in your works. A confident person accomplishes his or her job better than a non-confident one according to psychologists. Confident persons do it in a better way too.

You are at the threshold of impressing your boss.

2. Competence: Have competence. Be competent. Confidence in you is not enough. You need to be competent, competent in your job, competent in your domain, competent in your work and so on. You also need to be skilled. Enhance your skills continually.

Bosses everywhere assign responsibilities to skillful and competent people. Fulfillment of those responsibilities earns extra points for you. Be competent and you need not try to impress your boss.

Be competent in your domain. Be competent in communication skills.

3. Control: You should have control over yourself. It brings discipline within you. You also need to control your instincts and emotions. Those who have control over instincts and emotions become leaders.

Self-controlled people accomplish their tasks properly, efficiently and timely. This, in turn, grows your effectiveness and that will impress your boss.

4. Challenge: The last but not the least is accepting challenges. Virtues of Confidence, competence, and control will make you a good employee but accepting and fulfilling challenges will make you the great.

Accept the challenges. Set higher goals for yourself, your team and your company and thrive to achieve those.

It will impress boss definitely without any doubt. The 4 C's are always meaningful but are more important for white collar jobs.

Impressing boss in tough time

Be honest, trustworthy and meaningful to your boss

Be honest. Be trustworthy. Be meaningful for your boss, colleagues, and your corporation. All these will impress your boss positively. Please remember that there is no shortcut to greatness.

Be aware: Do not hurry and do not be lazy. Do not try to manipulate things. Do not engage in rumor mongering. Do not be jealous of your colleagues.These will mess everything.

These are suggestions from psychologists, sociologists, business owners and managers and well-experienced people. Follow those and you can not only impress your boss but also surely get a place in his or her heart.

This, in turn, will open the doors for your increments and promotion.

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    • Lightlee profile image

      Lightlee 5 years ago from United States

      So very true.. It is funny to think of the things that some employees try to get away if their boss was born yesterday. Great post!

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      TAPAS SAHA, 9324043039 5 years ago

      Dear JOYTI

      Last few days I was thinking on this matter and today i got the answer. Many people may have confidence, competence and ready to take chalenge but due to lack of self control cycle not been completed.

      Thanks a lot for this valuable guidance.

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      Terb 6 years ago

      This is the dumbest article I have ever read. Everything you say in this article refers to the "Boss" as pretty much a god. The reality is that most "bosses" are idiots. It's the people above them that you want to impress.

      Not only that, the information in this article is common knowledge. The Four 'C's....really? It should have been used when applying for a job. It takes much more to impress your superior.

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      Monu Chaturvedi 6 years ago

      Dear Jyothi,

      Its really a great outlook to become successful in life.currently i am working in a very giant company and i will follow your rules to do great in my future.

      Thanks and regards,

      Monu Chaturvedi

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      ankit shah 6 years ago

      thiugh i am student n not working, but good to keep in mind these things so that i can start my carier without any problem. this a good article. I will keep these things in mind. 'Thanks!!!'

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Rocco071,

      You are right. I agree with you. Thanks for your comment that adds value to the article.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      rocco071 7 years ago from by the lake

      You are very much right about bosses.

      We all strive for promotion and more money. While more money can happen, sometimes boss is not ready to promote an employee, especially if the employee is handling a job with ease and elegance :)

      Every boss wants that kind of an employee to stay in particular position forever, and to continue to handle it with perfection. There are some rare and bad cases where incompetent employee would get promoted, when boss can't handle a situation.

      Anyway, a good hub!

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Jennifer,

      You are at the right track with right approach. Your attitude towards work will definitely be reflected in your career.

      I wish you best of luck!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      jennifer 7 years ago

      good day,

      yes.... impressing the boss might put you in danger

      i am working now in group of company here in egypt, this is a big company of colleagues tell me to try impressing my boss to do this and that....but i don't do it because i know, my boss will think that i am making it just to get what i rather now love to be simple but manageable to my work..i believe that"if i work properly and devotedly i can empress him not by acting as i know all the things...i love my work,,and i do it for my boss..but i will not show it...i will let him know surprisingly that i am working the way as it is....thanks to your hub...two thumbs up..

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      Darshan 7 years ago


      Impressing boss is not an easy job. Even if he pleased he will no be going to tell you!

      That is boss!

      Thumbs up!

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur


      Thanks for your comments and agreement.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      Devanshu Patel 7 years ago


      This is difficult to impress boss. I agree with you that it can be dangerous.

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Jacob,

      Yes, this is a new trend in industries and organizations across the world. There are collective decisions through empowerment of employees.

      Some corporations applying this technique as a tool for improvement. However, there are individual efforts and that can not also be ignored.

      Thanks for posting valuable comment.

      Jyoti Kothari

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      jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

      Jyoti ji,

      Thanks for the interesting hub. You are right. It is good to do your work honestly and understanding the Boss.

      But right now the I have seen the management has given importance to making a teams inside the organizations and giving equal opportunity to every team members, where you can express your views and discuss it with your subordinates. A collective decision out of the discussions is more profitable and productive. There is no Boss. They are independent and have equal authority. India is growing very fast and many changes are taking place inside the organizations. 21st centuries illiterate are not those who cannot read or right, but those who are not willing to change according to the developments taking place in the world.

      Thanks for the hub. Also thanks for highlighting my hubs in your Blog

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      Jyoti Kothari 7 years ago from Jaipur

      Hi Navin,

      This is the best way to impress your boss. No doubt. I am glad to hear that you did that.


      Jyoti Kothari

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      Navin 7 years ago


      I have impressed my boss in my early days with efficient works.

      I am agreed that this is the best way to impress your boss.



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      DM 7 years ago

      It is very difficult to impress your boss. He is very smart.You can lose your job unnecessarily trying to impress him.

      Thanks for posting a nice article.


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      Anjali Kapadia 7 years ago


      I am boss in my business and agreed to your idea. Many employees try to impress their boss but do not know how to impress.

      I also encounter such employees and many of my friends too.

      You have given very good idea and tips. Efficiency can impress boss.



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      raj 7 years ago


      good hub. i love it. i can impress boss me.


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      Sunanda 7 years ago

      How to impress your boss is a superb article. many people think they are smarter than their bosses. However, normally this is not the case.

      Thanks for good tips.



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      Indian lady 8 years ago from India

      Jyoti Kothari,

      One can not impress her boss unless she has some extra qualities. She can only work hard to find her bread. If she learn something she can impress her boss.

      Thanks for a good hub.

      Indian lady

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      Suraj 8 years ago

      Jyoti Bhai,

      This is great. It is really difficult to make fool one's boss. Boss is always much smarter than his employees. The only way to impress your boss is to work hard and work sincerely.

      Thumbs up!


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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur


      You have gone right with the spirit of the hub.

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      Trsmd 8 years ago from India

      Do not overshadow your boss. Make them shine and you will shine. Support your boss. You rise when your boss rises. Even if your boss does not shine it will be apparent to everyone else who should replace him/her.

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      Jyoti Kothari 8 years ago from Jaipur

      Dear Just,

      I guess the suggessions are universal. If one's boss is not smarter than him/her; how can one be a boss?

      If it is really, then we have to worry for the Americans. Where will go the excellence? Does mediocrity prevails there?

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      doshi nilesh 8 years ago

      thanks jyotiji,

      this is a very useful hub page for many people in their jobs,


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      justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

      This is a very interesting Hub from an American point of view. I think the work world must be very different in India. If you can truly count on your boss to be smarter than you, to be competent, to be in control, honest, trustworthy, and realiable, you are extremely fortunate. Here, none of these qualities matter to a boss, and most of them do not possess them. Employees are disposable and live in fear of having their entire lives ruined by one incompetent power freak.

      If an employee in India can really impress the boss through the methods you outline, you are all very lucky!