J.Crew president Jenna Lyons shares the secret to impressing your boss

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J.Crew executive creative director Jenna Lyons.

From a lack of humility to a negative attitude, there are plenty of things that can leave a bad taste in your boss's mouth.

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But what makes a good impression?

Jenna Lyons, president and executive creative director of J.Crew Group, Inc., tells Motto that she notices a few key traits in the people that impress her, like passion, high standards, and a level head.

She says she especially takes note when people share their opinions.

Even though it can be daunting, Lyons advises people not to be afraid to speak up.

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"I find it impossible to understand where a person stands if they don't join the conversation," she says.

"Opinions aren't reserved for those in the corner office. Find your voice, and make sure to balance your input; you should be contributing roughly equal parts complimentary support of others with thoughtful, constructive criticism. And never be afraid to pitch an idea; we all have good ones, and we all have bad ones," Lyons says.

Read the full Motto article here.

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