The Capricorn Boss - Traits and Characteristics

Born in between 21st December and 20th January, Capricorns are ambitious, stolid and have a strong sense of responsibility. Professional priorities and choices rank rather high with them which may in fact even influence their personal lives. Here are a few insights on what it may be like to work for a Capricorn boss.

Exceedingly ambitious

The defining trait of Capricorns is their highly ambitious nature, something to which your boss most likely owes his/her present professional success. Just like the Mountain Goat that symbolizes this zodiac sign, a Capricorn will keep pushing one foot after another until he/she has reached the top. You may not find your boss talking much about how far he/she has come or expressing their desire to head the company one day, but you can be sure that behind that cool and collected exterior is a steely determination to reach the top of the professional ladder. This is one reason why you should be careful of crossing swords with a Capricorn boss. Not only are they extremely unlikely to spare an inch to a potential competitor but also highly unlikely to forgive a subordinate who by his/her goof ups stands to spoil their chances of getting that coveted promotion. Thus one of the first things you need to remember about a Capricorn boss is to respect their ambitious side and ensure that you do nothing to wreck their profession.

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Hard working and persistent

Unlike a Gemini or Aries, a Capricorn does not depend upon momentary flashes of professional brilliance to secure his/her career ambitions. Rather the bearers of the sign of the Goat rely on hard work and industry in order to meet their professional goals. So while working for a Capricorn boss, show that you are willing to get down and dirty in order to give your best to the job. Also remember to start at the basic level and then move ahead step by step instead of seeking to leap over several rungs, no matter how brilliant and deserving you are. Being a fixed sign, Capricorns are stolid and prefer to move ahead with steady determination which also means that they will think highly of employees who are not squeamish about learning the ropes while on the job. It is this combination of a dogged persistence with professional ambition and a love for material success that makes Capricorns master managers of the world. More likely than not you will find your Capricorn boss a great success in the corporate sector or at least where organizational skills are highly coveted.

High degree of sense of responsibility

Yet another quality which enables Capricorns to flourish in their professional fields is a tendency to take on responsibility. You will find your boss rarely shrinking back from the most difficult projects awarded by the senior management and once having taken on an assignment, work at it untiringly until it is done. The same quality also makes him/her extremely valuable to have around in terms of personal crises or emergencies since he is not one to shirk a job and is more likely than others to see things through. All these make it even more pertinent that you display some of the same sense of responsibility that characterizes your Capricorn boss. Avoid leaving a project mid-way even if it seems too easy or too difficult for your abilities. And above all, don’t miss deadlines since that not only reveals your inability to manage time but also a lack of dedication to work. Finally even if you find most of the other members of your team playing hooky, try to complete the project on your own and then let the chief know you did it - who will be only too happy at your ability to take on far more that you were supposed to.

A tendency to control

A controlling nature is usually the downside of a personality which is eager to take the initiative and efficient in organizing things. You may find your Capricorn boss unwilling to delegate authority to his/her subordinates for fear of losing control on the quality of work. This might make qualified and able employees feel that they are being given less than they deserve. The way around this is to let your work speak for itself; gently remind your boss of the times when you have delivered on difficult projects and which warrant your being awarded greater responsibilities as well as higher pay. Also the thing to remember about Capricorns is that they like being in control not so much out a hunger for power but perhaps more due to some misguided notion that things will fall apart if they let go of the bridle.

Reserved in social situations

If you have been used to the effervescence of a Sagittarius boss or the social graces of a Libra chief, a Capricorn as the captain of the ship might come off as cautious and rather aloof in nature. This is a person who is not likely to spend coffee breaks chatting with employees but will most probably be found only behind the glass doors of his/her cabin. In the initial stages a Capricorn boss seems distant and even unapproachable which makes discussing workplace-related issues something of a challenge. However as you get to know your boss better you will realize that their natural reserve is not so much a display of social arrogance as their way of judging  people and situations since it is important for them to know where they stand and how to make their way to the goal.

The above characteristic is related to another personality trait in Capricorns – their love for conventions. These people prefer security and permanence and do not like to experiment just for the sake of novelty. As such you might find your Capricorn boss partial to the way things have always been done around the workplace and if you want to be on his/her right side, you would do well to respect their conventional side. This does not mean that there can never be changes but you must give evidence of the practical use and material benefit of a different way of doing things in order to convince your boss of the desirability of change.