How To Be A Brownnoser
Unfortunately, people who contribute more than
the minimum and are willing to go beyond the average in a company
are often labeled "brownnosers." Traits, such as doing
a great job and getting along well with the boss, are often
labeled as brownnosing. There are ways to advance your career
by brownnosing without stepping on or hurting others.
Tips for being a brownnoser:
Figure out what the boss wants and then do it.
As long as it is not illegal or unethical, pleasing the boss
is part of the job. Pleasing the boss is in line with advancing
the interest of the company and the purpose for which employees
are hired in the first place.
A brownnoser is seen as "sucking up"
or being a sycophant. A brownnoser is insincere and simply does
whatever it takes to look good. I advise saying and doing that
which makes you comfortable and is within your sense of integrity.
Acts meant to inflate the boss's ego will backfire. Most people
can see through insincerity and they are not impressed by it.
Never put other people down in order to build
yourself up. Stepping on others to get ahead is a dangerous
game. In today's changing environment, we never know who our
next manager will be or whom we will work for later. The person
we accused of being such an incompetent fool to so many others
might one day be the boss.
There is nothing wrong with doing a great job
and supporting upper management. Often, those who label others
as brownnosers are jealous and insecure. Instead of focusing
on improving their own performance, they focus on criticizing
those who are doing the best job possible. It can be difficult
to stand out and not be part of the crowd. However, what others
think isn't as important as what we think about ourselves and
what the bosses think. As long as we are comfortable and stay
in integrity, there is nothing wrong with being the best you
A brownnoser is often seen as someone who does
a great job and works to please the boss. As long as we do the
best we can without causing injury to others, there is nothing
wrong with being a star employee.
Brownnosing by definition is about being insincere
and manipulative. Actions done for the wrong intentions will
backfire at some point. If our intentions are simply to do our
best at the job we were hired to do, then we are simply fulfilling
our role as valuable employees. Don't let others limit your
potential with their limited vision and unwillingness to do
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