Spot the Signs. You may receive this reaction if you're a high_ranking executive or director. These positions can be difficult to replace quickly, so it may be worth it to your company to tempt you to stay rather than letting you go without a fight. It can also happen if you have extremely specialized knowledge that would make it challenging to replace you. On the other hand, if you're in an entry_ or mid_level position, and someone could be hired into your position without much trouble, it's less likely your boss will put up a fight__and a counteroffer.
Acceptance With Grace. The best_case scenario__and honestly, the most common reaction__is that your boss will accept your resignation with understanding and sincere congratulations. Your manager will be happy to see that you're advancing your career and moving on to something bigger and better.