by Matt Alderton | April 10, 2018
If you want to climb the corporate ladder, there's one attribute you'll need more than anything else: confidence. After all, employers are much more likely to entrust senior responsibilities to those who are strong and resolute than those who are meek and reserved.
Unfortunately, your boss might perceive you as the latter if he or she hears you saying these two words: I'm sorry.

"Although it is important to apologize and take responsibility for things that you may have inadvertently screwed up, some people commonly use the word sorry and insert it into almost every sentence," psychologist and career expert Vijayeta Sinh, Ph.D., tells Monster contributor Elana Lyn Gross. "Don't say sorry when something is not your fault, you feel insecure or uncomfortable and aren't sure what else to say, or you are worried about not being liked by others."

Indeed, if you apologize when an apology isn't warranted, it could hurt your career instead of helping it.

"Over-apologizing can make you seem submissive and weak instead of confident and strong," Gross says.

In place of an unnecessary "sorry," try saying "thank you," suggests career coach Cynthia Pong.

"Instead of, 'I'm sorry I'm asking you to do this so last-minute,' say, 'Thank you for bearing with such a tight deadline,'" Pong tells Gross. "Instead of, 'I'm sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner,' say 'Thank you for being patient; I had a lot on my plate this week.'"

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