If you play the electric guitar, you likely have a stompbox or two — a “stompbox” is an electronic device that sits between your guitar and your amp to change the sound of your guitar in dramatic and subtle ways — and I have a whole drawerful of stompboxes that I bought, tried, and put away in my drawer.
In America we have, for some reason, come upon the notion that your boss must like you: Your boss must be your friend.
The problem with that shallow thinking is friendships prefer equality over stratification. Friends don’t like to take orders from friends.
A boss’ job is to instruct, direct and lead and there are no co-boss companies that work well because the direction is divided and opportunity is split like Solomon’s baby.
If your boss demands friendship — be wary — because at any time the friendship can be revoked while the master-and-slave dyad necessarily remains.
If you wish to befriend your boss, immediately retire that notion. You will be seen as cloying and clever — and neither of those labels can ever overcome the emotion of friendship falsely offered.