Incompetent managers can have a negative impact on their subordinates. Their incompetence may result in inflated self-assessments and a failure to recognize competence in others. Furthermore, when incompetents are in charge of people, they can harm not only their own careers but also the careers of their subordinates.


Marc Abrahams writing in Harvard Business Review, makes the following points:
  • Psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger conducted a study in which participants rated their abilities highly in humour, grammar, and logic, despite being less competent than their peers.
  • Incompetence can lead to cluelessness in terms of performance and self-awareness.


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