Make the boss your mentor


Many new recruits who are highly qualified, sometimes more than the boss, and even for that matter experienced executives joining a new company forget the fact that they have to work with the boss as a team and not try to outsmart him or prove him to be inferior. Such people forget the fact that the management in all normal circumstances supports the boss and the incumbents can be shown the door it they interfere in working or try to put hurdles in the boss’s way.

Therefore it is prudent on the part of the wise guys to very well get along with the boss, seek his guidance and allow him to play the ole of their mentor. This makes the working environment not only congenial but also effective.

When graduates fresh out of the various B-schools join any organization, there is a lot of enthusiasm and drive to prove themselves in the corporate world. They are eager to put into practice what they have learnt.

However, there is a lot, lot more to learn in addition to what one may have already gleaned from books. Real success, after all, will come only after they have proved themselves n the organizations they join

For this to happen, the first step is to learn from the immediate seniors and bosses. Most important of all try to be an asset to your senior rather than being a threat. Be a part of their solution, rather than being a problem to them.

Unfortunately, more often than not, excitement I the root cause of the new managers making their bosses uncomfortable and even leaking out vital information not meant to be hared with others.

Kautilya the ancient Indian great economist says, Just as a serpent, lying in hiding, emits poison at the place from which it expects danger, so this king, having become apprehensive of harm (from you), will long emit the poison of anger at you.

Take care that you and your boss are always working in the same way rather than in conflicting ones. Only then will you be able to grow in your corporate career.

Here are some tips for being an ideal subordinate:

Choose the proper timing

Bosses are always under pressure. Always try to reduce his pressure instead of add into them. You may always want his time, but he may not have that much spare time (even if he wants to) when you really need to talk to him. Hence, whenever you want to tell him something watch his mood. Don’t just rush into his cabin and start talking. Wait for him to give full attention to you. Then come up with your issues.

Be brief and precise

A subordinate went with a recommendation of 25 pages. The boss wanted that to be summarized that in one page. He also said that in case it cannot be done it means that the subordinate has not thought enough. Think through the issue from all angles. And when you do present it to him, make it short and to the point.

Write down the instructions from the boss for your reference later

Instead of going to your boss every now and then, make a note of the small issues. You can go to him either at the start or at the end of the day. You can cover all the issues in one go. That way, your and even his time will be very productive you can have good discussions and he can take effective decisions.

Finally, let’s be very clear on one thing All this is not meant to please the boss, but to become a good subordinate who, in a short period of time, can understand the wavelength of the formers thinking an important aspect to grow in one’s career.

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  • Rajendra Gehlot

    I have experienced the situations & became the victim.

    It’s an very good article.These things are not taught in B-Schools.It’s better to learn from the experience of others.

    The article is must read for all new entrants to professional field.

    Don’t outshine your master.Don’t make him insecure.

    Secure him and in turn he will seure you.It’will be foundation for Team building.

  • Radha Sharma

    its really good article not only for fresher but for other subordinate too

    tips given here is realy usefull i will definately use hese tips with my boss b,coz i experienced it with my boss that when i used to go to meet him with all issue with full detail in my hand he respond better.




    Kudos to a wonderful article. pl keeping posting such items on my mail id pl.Bosses also must learn not to bank too much on the freshers neglecting the ones who are seniors in profession and unfortunately less qualified. Once the cream from B-schools joins the fleet, bosses get lured by them and thus makes their own stumbling blocks and finds potential threat in them.

  • N selvarajan

    I concur the views expressed by you. At the same time we should not forget the fact that bossess at times reluctent to welcome any change being mooted by the freshers though such a move would certainly benefit the organisation. There needs to be a change in mindset of both the boss and the subordiantes. Change is the only constant in this world. If we don’t respond to the change, the change will change our equation in all fronts. This equally applicable to all stakeholders in the Organisation. Both, boss and subordinates should work in tandum to realise the bottom line. In any organisation, involvement makes any body important. The Boss and subordinate relation is complimentary to each other in a learning organisation since we are in the process of replacing the traditional organisation. Success will have many fathers but failures will have none. For betterment of the Organisation, the boss and subordinates must assert in tandum. The concept of getting the jobs done by the boss by sitting at one place has already been replaced with getting the jobs done by moving around. This is the present day mantra for any success.

  • priyanka

    very true and very practical.i recommend all to read this.these days this problem of oversmatness has grown like mushrooms.

  • Srikumar

    It is interesting

  • Dr. C. GIRI

    I LIKED :

    “Kautilya the ancient Indian great economist says, Just as a serpent, lying in hiding, emits poison at the place from which it expects danger, so this king, having become apprehensive of harm (from you), will long emit the poison of anger at you.”

    one must devise a strategy to overcome such situation. the article-a brief but pertinent, is suggestive of one such strategy.