If you’ve ever thought, “I could do my boss’s job—probably better than he does,” you might be right.

Many of us have been in positions where we look at our boss and think, “I could do his job—probably better than he does.” But how much of that is based on real experience and qualifications, and how much is us aggrandizing our own abilities?

Surprisingly, in plenty of instances, you very well may be more competent than your boss. As Forbes reports:

Andy Teach, author of From Graduation to Corporation, and host of the YouTube channel FromGradToCorp… says less qualified people are put in higher positions for the wrong reasons all the time. “Sometimes it’s because they have seniority; they have more years of experience. Sometimes they have a great personal relationship with the big boss. Or perhaps they have a stronger work ethic than others or work longer hours,” he says. “A less qualified person may be put in a higher position for just one of these reasons but may lack in other areas which is why their employees may feel that this higher position is undeserved.”

So, what do you do when you find yourself working under a boss you’re technically more qualified than? Check out the full article, including helpful tips on how to handle the situation, here.

Have you ever felt that your boss rose the ranks unfairly? How did you deal with the situation?


  1. Ondecision, Inc.

    While it’s certainly possible that your boss is less qualified, it’s also true that many people make this assessment based solely on technical skills or quantifiable work output (like reports, presentations, programs, etc.) Those things matter, but usually matter less and less as you move to more senior positions. What we tend to write off as office politics (and all the negative connotations that brings), fails to accept that the ability to influence others, consider complex decisions, and successfully navigate organizational dynamics are critical skills of senior-level jobs.

  2. Belinda Summers

    If this happens then maybe it’s time to share your thoughts to your boss and if he’s willing to listen to your ideas. You shouldn’t aim on outrunning your boss and take his/her position. That’s a rude goal and it won’t make you a better person because you know when you’re good at something rewards will just come after without even wishing for it. 🙂

  3. jrandom421

    Heard from a boss to a newly hired engineer:
    “Yes, you may be more technically proficient than me, but remember, i founded this company and started it up more than 40 years ago. Can you replicate the personal, technical, and business relationships I’ve forged with suppliers, colleagues, customer and competitors in the last 40 years? Finally, i was the one who taught your professors what they know about this field, and I’m the one who holds the patents that define this industry. Do better than that, if you can.”

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