Lessons From 6 Famous Sidekicks: How To Succeed Without Being A Lackey

Thursday's match-up between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan may not be the most anticipated debate of the election season, but for those who do tune in, the discussion will likely showcase how devoted each man is to his running mate.

Playing second fiddle to a more successful and sometimes better known persona can be challenging. How do you support your boss -- without seeming like a lackey? How do you maintain your own identity and exhibit your talents, without upstaging the boss -- and possibly alienating him or her?