12 ways to lead up when your manager is incompetent
“Don’t complain to the people who promoted your incompetent manager. …
- Determine who you want to be. Make a list of your best qualities. How will you express them in the context of your incompetent manager. Be your best self, even when others aren’t.
- Realize your incompetent manager probably thinks you’re hard to manage.
- Get advice or coaching outside your organization.
- Don’t listen to friends and family. They take your side.
- Engage in self-reflection. Stay open to the idea that the issue may be you. Your resistance to authority is about you, for example.
- Keep doing a great job. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot because you have an incompetent manager.
- Adapt to your incompetent manager’s weaknesses. If they micromanage, provide reports before they ask, for example.
- Compensate for your incompetent managers weaknesses.
- Remember, your incompetent manager was competent in another context.
- Explore ways that succeeding with an incompetent manager makes you better. Make a list of qualities you will develop over the next thirty days, with your incompetent manager in mind.
- Focus on the future rather than complaining about the past. Work on making things better.
- Promote yourself out of your organization or make a lateral move. But, if you’re branded as a complainer, lateral moves are difficult.”