The Se­cret Suc­cess Tip Your Boss Won’t Tell You...

Cosmopolitan (India) - - EDITOR'S LETTER -

Wel­come to our party is­sue and our ca­reer is­sue. Cosmo girls work and play equally hard, which is why this is­sue packs both top­ics (also, it’s our end-of-year spe­cial, and we wanted to make things ex­tra-juicy for you). Now back to the head­line on this page. There is a par­tic­u­lar qual­ity ev­ery leader wants in her team...but she may never bring it up be­cause it’s not a ‘hard skill’ like ed­u­ca­tion or train­ing or even com­mu­ni­ca­tion or punc­tu­al­ity. The se­cret skill your boss re­ally wants you to have is ac­tu­ally pretty sim­ple. It’s a pleas­ant at­ti­tude.

No mat­ter where you work—a bank, a mar­ket­ing company, or Cosmo, there are go­ing to be more crazy days than ‘reg­u­lar’ ones. As long as you work in a chal­leng­ing en­vi­ron­ment (and if you don’t, you may be los­ing out on ex­po­sure and op­por­tu­nity), there will be many times when you’re stretched too thin, when last-minute de­mands are made, and when you’re asked to do more, work longer hours, or meet im­pos­si­ble dead­lines. Your boss knows this. And she’s not thrilled about it ei­ther. But how you re­act could change ev­ery­thing. You can choose to get up­set, frown, sigh loudly, com­plain to col­leagues in a cor­ner, or gen­er­ally be­have like your world has come to an end (whether you say it out loud or not). Or you could smile, be en­thu­si­as­tic, and sim­ply get the job done—be­cause that’s what you’ll have to do re­gard­less, no?

You’d think that hav­ing an up­beat, pos­i­tive at­ti­tude at work is ob­vi­ous, but that’s not the case. Ac­cord­ing to Anita Bruzzese au­thor of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy—And How to Avoid Them, after the re­cent re­ces­sion, em­ploy­ees are be­ing asked to do more with less—and many have fallen into the habit of chronic whin­ing about their sit­u­a­tion. Which is not only an­noy­ing, but also detri­men­tal to your ca­reer. No­body likes moan­ers—whether at work or a din­ner party—and your boss is no dif­fer­ent. In fact, many com­pa­nies con­sciously hire cheer­ful, ‘can-do’ peo­ple be­cause a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude helps boost team morale and gets the work done quicker, es­pe­cially dur­ing stress­ful times. On the other hand, moan­ers and gripers add more stress to a leader’s al­ready-full plate, mak­ing their job tougher (which is why bosses of­ten tend to avoid chronic com­plain­ers).

So the next time you’re handed an in­con­ve­nient task or asked to do more than you were pre­pared to, do it like they do in the ser­vice in­dus­try—with a smile. You’ll be show­ing your em­ployer that you’re not only hard-work­ing, but also amaz­ing at han­dling pres­sure. And come pro­mo­tion time, both th­ese ‘lead­er­ship qual­i­ties’ will give you the edge you need.

Have a smi­ley next year,

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