Don't feel powerless when working with your boss, because you can have influence, write Linda Hill and Kent Lineback. The key is asking yourself questions to gain insight into the boss' work style and personality. "[M]ost bosses are just people like you, with likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. It will never be a relationship of equals -- that's not how the world works -- but it can be mutually supportive, and even mutually rewarding," they write.

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