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These 2 Secrets Will Make Your Boss Love You

I remember calling my former boss to wish him a 'Happy New Month' after a very long time. He didn't start out with the usual "hello. . . " The first thing he said when he picked up the phone was "The one and only Amaka," my heart melted. 😊

You all agree we should run Love-Wednesday and Career-Wednesday simultaneously, yeah? It's Career-Wednesday!

How To Make Your Boss Love You

Do you have a boss?

I am the boss of my own, and I have a boss.

If you haven't grown enough to work for only yourself, then you must also have a boss to report to. Provided they're not the devil incarnate, we can have a good relationship with our bosses.

Many times we think the key to winning the heart of our bosses is by showing up early, looking busy or being a pushover. In some cases, that may work, but the best way to get your bosses love (and not go against your personal values) is to:


Yes, make your boss succeed.

A person with this perception willingly takes on responsibilities, follows up and follows through. If your goal is to make your boss succeed, you'll be a pleasure to work with, and you will easily contribute to the boss' and the team's success. You'd be willing to do more than your job. That's the secret!

For the sake of blogging; There are basically two things you can do to build a great relationship with your boss:
  1. Exceed expectations
  2. Take initiative

Exceed expectations

It is good to do your job. However, it’s always better to surprise your boss by delivering more than is expected. It is better to deliver earlier than expected than to make a promise you can’t keep. Where possible, try to negotiate realistic deadlines and then do your best to complete the task in the shortest amount of time.

When your boss gives you a project or task, don’t just complete it on time and to specification, take it just a bit further by getting it done early or adding something extra.

Take Initiative

Bosses fall in love with those who say “I saw this wasn’t done, so I did it.” If you see something that maybe needs to be fixed, ask. If you know it needs fixing, just go ahead and do it. They love people who are willing to take a headache off their plate.

If it's important to your boss, make it important to you. So make sure you talk to them regularly to get a feel for what their priorities are. They don't have to match up perfectly with your priorities, necessarily, but make sure you're giving enough attention to the projects they really want.

Related: Dear Diary, My Former Boss. . .

When your goal is to make your manager more successful—rather than just yourself—you’ll grow as a personality, as a professional, and as a part of the team. You’ll learn a lot about what it takes to be a leader, expand your empathic skills, and develop your capacity for leadership. Plus, your boss will likely become your mentor and advocate—which will put many more opportunities within your network.

Making your boss love you is not complicated; it just requires a decision and commitment on your part to make it happen.

Employees who work to make their managers successful are golden. 

Being a boss is a tough job—the stress and pressure of which may not be abundantly evident to you. Help your boss out and develop your own skills at the same time, by doing everything you can to make your boss’ job easier. When you become a manager, you’ll appreciate the same.

Erm, well, of course, no matter what you do, some bosses will forever be horrible and difficult to deal with. Phew. If you're in that situation, I am really sorry. While these "secrets" will only go so far, the best thing you can do is grow a thick skin and perhaps most importantly—don't let it stop you from living life with positivity, inspiration and love.

The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will.
- Proverbs 21:1

I am going to be a boss someday. So I have to treat my bosses the same way I want to be treated. What say you?

Let's learn together: 
What are you (practically) doing to build a good relationship with your boss(es)? Please share.

Written by Nwamaka Ajaegbu 
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