The Dangers Of Incompetent Bosses

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Most of us have been there. You just landed that job you’ve been hoping for, but on your first day when you’re trying to learn the ins-and-outs of the new job, your manager is completely useless. Your boss either doesn’t understand your area of work, or completely lacks the ability to explain your duties and provide training.

Incompetent bosses can be detrimental not only to your life and work, but they can also have a lasting negative impact on your career. When inept bosses misdirect you in your job, it creates extra work and it also potentially points the blame to you, which might even cause you to get fired.

Having an incompetent boss not only causes increased difficulty at work, but it also means you are deprived of a mentor. When you
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Also, it pays to use your intuition. Learn to deduce what the boss wants by putting yourself in his or her shoes. Observe the bosses preferences, behavior and pet peeves. Try to look at the world from the boss’s perspective and imagine what would be expected and wanted from you on the job. If none of these methods work and you can 't figure it out on your own, you can usually get help from other, more experienced employees.

Pick up the slack:

If the manager is ineffective as a leader, take on a leadership role without the boss realizing it (with tact and subtlety of course). Although your job will be more difficult and you will be earning a non-management salary, you could look at this as a management training opportunity.

Also, when you recognize flaws in the boss’s performance, such as habitual lateness or disorganization, rather than pointing out their shortcomings, make an effort to help your boss. The result is company operations will run more smoothly, and you will be viewed as a team player.

Learn what not to do

Although you are deprived of training, by learning what not to do, you may in effect learn what’s right. Take note of all the actions and qualities that are ineffective about your boss, then strive to do the opposite when you move up to a managerial role in your
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Make sure that no matter how bad your boss looks, you put forth your best efforts on the job to preserve your reputation as a top-notch team member. Also, don’t badmouth anyone at work, including your boss, even if the comments are deserved. This will only make you appear as a malicious person that talks behind peoples’ backs.

Don’t be afraid to speak up

Before quitting your job, it’s worth a shot to voice your issues to your boss and to HR. Some people – although it may seem uncommon – are capable of taking criticism and growing from it. If the boss is overbearing or a bully, don’t cower. Stand up for yourself without being hostile. Let your boss know they are acting inappropriately, or else you will continue to be a target for abuse. Also, you never know what opportunities you could be throwing away. If the boss is incompetent, you might be next in line for the job.

Incompetent bosses make your job and life more difficult, but it could be worse. Many bosses are downright sadistic and abusive. In a situation like that, even if it puts a black mark on your resume, it’s best to leave. However, If the boss is merely lacking in knowledge or leadership ability, it’s often possible to preserve the integrity of your work history, and even become stronger by overcoming an adverse

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