FWIW: I always felt that my Job was to always make my boss look good. Even when they were wrong.
It worked for me as I ended up well paid and I did not have to compromise my ethics. Even in the service
I tried to make my boss look good. I did not have to grandstand to take credit, let the boss take the credit as the people who really knew what was going on knew that I did a good job.
Everyone has a boss, even the self employed as they have clients that are the boss..