If you’ve been jumping from one company to another, you might have considered some of your managers as bad bosses. You have a point of comparison and chances are, you have an idea of who is the worst among them.
However, employees don’t see supervisors with a bad attitude as the least ideal, it is the incompetent one.
We’ve all had bad experiences with our bosses – if not, lucky you — perhaps, someone who is demanding, too bossy, disrespectful, or just downright irritating.
However, according to a study that analyzed 28,000 employees in Europe, they found the worst of the bad managers s the one who cannot do their jobs well.
Specifically, these workers were asked to rate from 1 to 5 their managers about seven leadership abilities: give recognition, support employees, offer feedback, stay respectful, endorse the development of the workers, promote teamwork, and finish the job – the last one got the lowest score.
As such, it is concluded that the worst boss is the one who has no idea on how to finish a task, which may be because of the Peter Principle, the researchers pointed out. This is the idea that people who are promoted have higher competency skills and abilities than their peers who are at the lower ranks.
Knowing that a boss couldn’t complete a job can have a negative effect on the employees. Workers may be left confused about what to do if their manager couldn’t finish a task and this could lead to an unsuccessful team.
If you are stuck with such a boss, Blair Decembrele of LinkedIn advises being proactive and personally starting a conversation. If you’re hesitant, you need to think that this will better the company, you, and the entire team as well.
Meanwhile, Vicki Salemi of Monster.com suggested having the initiative to do things that you know you can do when you are aware that your manager couldn’t do it.
Instead of expecting a deadline from your boss about an assigned task, why not push yourself to the limit and set yourself a target date?
However, this may be a sign that you can accomplish more than the task you are given. If you noticed that you are too good for the position you are in and have shown promising managerial abilities, then maybe your gut is right.
It is now time to ask yourself, is it high time to ask to seek another higher role outside your office? If you are confident about your supervisorial skills, then try your luck.