Recently I noticed that my boss labels me in a particular way in conversations with me, and in meetings with other higher-ups and colleagues. The label appears to be intended as a compliment and is generally viewed as a positive quality. However I feel that this particular label projects a very narrow and distorted impression of myself as a team member and colleague. I am not thrilled with it and would like for this labeling to stop. Also I feel the label itself is not relevant to this question so I will leave it out.
How should I address the issue and communicate to the boss that I do not appreciate such labeling? The relationship with the boss is generally positive but this person does view me as a potential competitor and will likely not take direct feedback or criticism well. Are there subtle ways to get the point across without risking the current relationship, or will only a very direct approach work?
The issue of labeling employees seems to be a thing, but resources like this focus on the pros and cons of this practice for managers, rather than what the subordinate could do about it. The article correctly points out that labeling creates a bias and limits the perception of an employee's full worth. The words we use to describe others do frame how we and others see them. However there is little advice on how the employee being labeled should address the issue.
Although I do not disagree that the label highlights one of my qualities, I would prefer that it not be used to describe me and shape others' impression of me, even if intended as a positive. I have other strengths and do not feel that this is the greatest of them. I would rather not be labeled in any particular way at all. "Success" would mean the boss not using any labels in describing me. I cannot prevent others from discussing me behind my back but I would at least like this labeling to stop in my presence.
I am interested in others' experiences with being labeled by their boss or colleagues, and how to best navigate this to stop this practice.