To build a relationship with your superiors at work and have a better chance of moving up the ladder, try mirroring their mannerisms, says LearnVest. In other words: monkey see, monkey do.
According to a study out of Duke University, subtle forms of mimicry can prove useful when you’re trying to win someone over. It’s known as the “chameleon effect” because, in the same way that a chameleon changes the color of its skin to match the environment, people can change behaviors and mannerisms to mirror the person who they’re interacting with. Plus, another study from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands reveals that mimicry increases rapport — and your chances of getting what you want.
Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but the LearnVest team is quick to add that this mimicry needs to be subtle and you need to choose your timing well. Trying to mirror your boss when he’s mad at you will backfire, so make sure it’s the right person at the right time.