You should want a feeling of confidence in whatever you do. You should want to feel competent in whatever way you do it. You should want your boss to feel the same ways about himself or herself.
One way to do that is to support the boss in all that he or she must accomplish. That takes more than mere chance or a bit of luck. It requires preparing the boss in everything he or she does along the way.
It helps to know the boss and his or her likes, dislikes, interests, and expectations. Gain the boss’s confidence in what you can do to achieve those things. Clarify mutual expectations early.
If the boss ...