Overcome Fear of the Big Boss

Are you afraid of your boss? If you want to succeed in your organization and career, you should overcome any fear you have as soon as possible. Assuming that your boss isn’t a psychopath or a garden-variety bully, here’s how to ease your nerves:

  • Take the first step. Don’t hide from your boss. Look for opportunities to talk and get to know each other informally as well as in work-related settings. The more you get to know each other, the more comfortable you’ll feel.
  • Be prepared. When you meet one on one, or participate in a meeting, spend some time thinking about what you want to say. What points do you want to make? Do you have all the facts? You’ll reduce the chance of embarrassment, and maybe you can impress your boss with your attention to detail.
  • Don’t suck up. The boss’s power may be intimidat­ing, but don’t let that rob you of your own opinions. You’ll have to choose your battles carefully, but showing your boss you have the integrity to disagree will build his or her respect for your abilities.

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