Your boss has the ability to improve your current situation, through giving you the best assignments, or promote you to a better position. If you want to get ahead in your career you need to stand out and impress your boss.
Here are 7 ways to impress your boss and get ahead in your career:
1. Ask yourself what you can do for your boss
You have to realize that your job is all about how you can make the life and work of your boss easier and better. It may not be obvious if you are young, ambitious and longing to make a career, but the truth is that the most important thing for your boss is not your career, what you like or how you feel. If you want to develop your career, you have to address the middle-step, which is what value you provide to the organization and how you help your boss do the same.
2. Argue for your opinion in a respectful manner
In the long run, your boss will promote smart people with integrity, who can argue for their point of view. If you are good at what you do and if you have reasons and facts to back up your opinion, then argue for your position. The point is NOT to be right, to “win” or to boost your ego. You are supposed to do the best job you can and this involves providing your insights and your suggestions. In the end, you have to accept that your boss has the final say, but at that point you have provided your boss with a great alternative viewpoint.
3. Look your boss in the eyes
Eye contact is a crucial part of any human interaction. You don’t need to, and you really shouldn’t, spend every second of a conversation staring into the person’s eyes, but you should have enough eye contact to appear confident, engaged and believable.
4. Take responsibility and take on responsibility
Don’t come up with excuses when you make mistakes. Show that you own your actions and that you will learn from what you did wrong. It is ok to provide reasons for why things went wrong, as long as it’s clear that you are not trying to distance and detach yourself from the responsibility. Take responsibility for you actions but also take on responsibility. Taking on responsibility, in the form of new or more complex assignments for example, shows maturity, control and reliability. If you want to grow in your current role or get a promotion, you need to take on responsibility.
5. Be proactive and take initiative
Don’t sit around and wait for your boss to tell you what to do. Nothing shows potential like someone taking initiative, coming up with ideas and finding new, better ways of doing things.
6. Underpromise and overdeliver
Don’t try to impress with the promises you make, impress with the results that you deliver. Expectations management is a very important part of impressing your boss. It is natural that you want to do a good job, and this might cause you to make promises you can’t keep. If the results of your work are great but you had promised more, your boss will be disappointed. Make an OK and satisfactory promise based on realistic estimations on what you can achieve, and impress your boss by delivering more than expected.
7. Be positive
Do you see problems or do you see ways to solve problems? Being positive has nothing to do with pretending that problems don’t exist – they do. It’s about identifying and coming up with solutions to problems. It’s about discovering new opportunities for growth. Negativity is toxic and should be kept out of the workplace. Let’s face it, no one wants to be around someone who is constantly negative. If you want to impress your boss, maintain a positive attitude at work.