Sunday, 7 April 2013

Dealing With An Incompetent Boss

Everyone has his own 'ideals' when it comes to what makes the best leader. However, like with a lot of things in life, you would instantly identify a good leader at first sight. Likewise, you are bound to recognize an incompetent boss just by a quick glance. 

Have you just started your new job, or are you currently working with a newly promoted boss? What should you do if you feel that you have more experience and seem to know more than he does? Muovo would like to share with you the following article, which will give you some tips on how to make the best of such a situation, that will benefit both you and your  not-so-competent boss.

1. Be an asset.
Don't look at your boss as an obstacle. Instead, try workout a relationship with him or her that is built on a positive mindset. The strategic life coach Ken Rupert offers the following three tips:

2. Be humble. 
'Always understand you might know more in a given area or discipline, but you do not know everything. Therefore, learning how to manage the relationship between you and your new boss will ultimately dictate the level of your success. Knowledge gets you in the door, [but] relationships get you to the next floor.'

3. Manage up.
'Learning how to coach up can position you as a thought leader. If you develop the ability to coach your boss in areas where you are more knowledgeable, you will be seen as a team asset and not a team liability. Instead of telling the boss what he should or should not do, phrase your statement in the form of a suggestion. This way, you preserve the positional authority and plant the seeds of success in the boss's mind. There may not be a lot of glory in this, but you will have the ability to influence team success.'

4. Be forgiving. 
'No one has the same level of experience as you do concerning you. Your boss will not know what you know. Therefore, giving him or her a little grace to step on your toes will go a long way. It also allows you to make a few mistakes along the way without repercussions. Remember, this is a new relationship. First impressions are filtered through each person's own filters. Learn to look past first impressions, and give each other the room to grow. In the end, managing relationships, coaching up and giving grace will strengthen your new boss's commitment to you.'

This article is courtesy of AOL Jobs Blog

Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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