Most of us often wonder if our boss wants to see us fail or succeed. You may wonder why your boss points out weak spots more than they applaud when you do something right. But, experts say, your boss wants you to succeed, and here’s why:
Your success is better for their image
Having successful employees casts a boss in a favorable light. And, when they have a happy staff, a boss is more inclined to be happy, too. “A great boss will want you to succeed because they are aligned with, invested in, and a champion for you,” explains Jaime-Alexis Fowler, founder and executive director of Empower Work, a nonprofit focused on building healthy, equitable workplaces.
“People who feel heard, understood, and valued, are more likely to be higher performers with lower turnover. A great manager will approach you and your success keeping you at the center and understanding what’s most important to you, whether it’s this role, this company, or something else.”
They want to lead a successful team
In addition to wanting you to succeed in order to meet current and future expectations that he or she can’t deliver alone, as well as wanting to groom a successor so that she can eventually move to a higher role, your boss wants you to succeed because when you do, you elevate the attractiveness of working for her and being a part of her team, says Nihar Chhaya, president and executive coach with PartnerExec.
“These leaders see their job as not just to deliver business results today, but to set the stage for continuously high performance into the future, meeting strategic and organizational needs several years out,” Chhaya says. “Your performance and growth reflect completely on her success because her entire purpose in being a manager is to deliver results through you and others, not just operate as an individual contributor.”
When you succeed, their job is easier
Most bosses understand that your success makes them look good and makes their job easier. When you succeed, she succeeds and vice versa. “When you are doing your job and don’t need additional managing, that makes her job easier,” states David M. Arrington, Sr., principal, and executive coach, Arrington Coaching.
“Good bosses would rather have a team of A-players who can manage themselves than a group that needs constant micromanagement. So she doesn’t want you to succeed, she needs you to succeed.”
Success goes round and round
If your boss has a competent team known for over-delivering, this also creates an opportunity for them and could lead to promotions, raises, and recommendations. “Your success also helps your boss build their reputation,” says Rochelle Burnside, a finance and business writer with Bestcompany.com. “In that way, you’re both lifting each other up by supporting your successes and building an environment where you can thrive.”
Your boss wants the best for you
Jess Wass, a New York City-based coach and consultant, says there are bosses that truly care about the development of their employees, and seeing you succeed is the ultimate goal for them. “Your success means they achieved their goal of helping you learn, grow, and develop,” she explains.
“There is also a huge time investment in developing employees so your success also signals time well spent and a return on their investment. It’s like a coach of a sports team successfully seeing their team win a championship.”