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When we think of leadership qualities, we generally think of the ability to rally the troops, a clarity of vision, and the willingness to coax the best work out of each team member. What we don't tend to think of is self-awareness. Self-awareness, in fact, has a certain new-age ring to it - what leader is lying on her hemp bedspread, staring at the ceiling and thinking deeply about whether she truly understands her innermost self?

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Since starting at Grubhub in 2014, Maria Belousova has served as VP of engineering, SVP of technology, and now as CTO, where she oversees Grubhub's technical infrastructure and product vision. Previously she's held tech leadership positions at Microsoft and Bluefly, and she founded the social media platform Davai. She told us about growing up in a family of software engineers, and how she gets her work done without a to-do list.

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Just like with regular employees, the professionalism and likability of managers can vary greatly - some are excellent at their jobs while others are truly terrible. Either way, there are a few things you just shouldn't say to your direct superior. After all, they ultimately hold the keys to your future in the company. Aside from the obvious — like profanity and insults — here are the words and phrases you should never utter to your boss.