5 Ways to Win Over Your Boss

5 ways to win over your boss.

Have you ever landed your dream job, only to find out your boss is not the supportive, motivating leader you thought you met during the interview? Do you feel like you are trying really hard at work, but nothing seems to be good enough? What if you heard rumours your boss was a tough nut, but you decided to take the job anyway?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, this article may just be for you! Here are my top 5 tips on how do you win over your boss:


If you are not meeting the minimum requirements of your role, how do you think this is going to be perceived by your boss? If your boss asks something of you, you need to just get it done. Do not wait for your boss to keep reminding you to submit that report or finish off that project. Make sure you are doing your job well and meeting all deadlines. If there is an issue or a delay with something, make sure you communicate this and explain the reason for the delay. The less your boss has to focus on your daily tasks, the more they can focus on accomplishing their own.


Get to know who your boss is as a person. What are their preferences? How often do they expect to receive updates from you? What are the things they want to be involved in, and what are the things they are happy to completely let go? Understanding these elements means you are able to manage the expectations of your boss, leading to a more positive and productive relationship.


It is a real skill to pre-empt the needs of your boss and those around you. A positive attitude and demonstrated initiative are among the top qualities look for when interviewing someone to be a part of my team. I personally cannot stand employees who just want to do the absolute bare minimum. Try doing something extra. Does your boss look stressed out? Ask them if there is something you can take off their plate. Exceeding expectations and being willing to go above and beyond do not go unnoticed.


Loyalty, honesty and commitment to your boss are all really important qualities to possess if you want to do well in your job. Your boss not only needs to trust you to get the job done, however they also need to know that you are loyal to them on a personal level. If you have an issue with something, do not address it publicly or talk about it with your peers. Give your boss the respect of talking about it privately, otherwise it could have the potential to really damage your relationship.


Instead of constantly going to your boss with problems, try putting some thought into finding solutions. This demonstrates you are capable of making sound decisions within the scope of your role. When your boss knows they are able to count on you to find solutions, it will increase your chances of gaining further responsibility and other opportunities down the line.


Building a strong, positive and successful relationship with your boss will not only enable you to better enjoy your time at work, but also help you to get ahead in your career!

What are some initiates you have used to win over your boss? I would love to hear your thoughts- leave your comments below!


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  2. Laura
    April 15, 2018 / 9:54 pm

    Great post! Initiative is so important when it comes to mastering that relationship. It also demonstrates that you know your role and that you’re thinking ahead!

    • Lara
      April 17, 2018 / 7:15 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback and for taking the time to read my post, Laura! I couldn’t agree with you more- a little initiative can go a long way 🙂

  3. Vanessa
    April 15, 2018 / 11:54 pm

    This is such a great article! I especially adore tip #2, and have used it in the past. I find that getting to know your boss on a deeper level than just their work mentality is so beneficial. After all, at the end of the day they’re just as human as the rest. Learning how they approach and perceive things makes you that much more valuable to them.

    • Lara
      April 17, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Thank you so much for your lovely feedback, Vanessa! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the article! I couldn’t agree with you more- understanding your boss on a deeper level can really help to understand their needs and expectations, ultimately leading to a much more positive relationship!

  4. Jennifer - @inbarbiesshoes
    April 16, 2018 / 10:40 am

    This is a fantastic article. I actually really needed it. My newish boss is not what I recall from my interview and I continue to try and learn how to work with her. Your tips are actually perfect and I’m going to work a bit harder to understand her working style.

    • Lara
      April 17, 2018 / 7:21 am

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Jen! I’m so happy to hear my tips will help add value to you establishing a relationship with your new boss! I would really try to understand her expectations and needs, which in turn should lead to a more positive and productive relationship. Thank you again for taking the time to read!

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  6. May 4, 2018 / 12:59 pm

    It’s really fantastic post, I really enjoyed reading your post & I feel this so useful. Thanks a lot fir these some wonderful tips that will help me to manage my professional relation with my boss. Great post I must say!

    • Lara
      May 21, 2018 / 11:31 am

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read, Bhuvi! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the article and that you’ve taken away some great tips!

  7. May 26, 2018 / 2:10 am

    I really can’t believe how great this site is. Keep up the good work. I’m going to tell all my friends about this place.

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