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Why do so many incompetent men become leaders

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Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a psychologist and chief talent scientist at ManpowerGroup, says we’re not picking leaders in the right way. While we should be promoting people based on their competence and potential, it’s often the incompetent, overconfident candidates — most of them men — who get ahead. Studies show that, by many measures, women are actually better equipped to become strong, successful managers. But the solution to getting more of them into the executive ranks isn’t quotas or other initiatives that mandate gender diversity. To improve leadership across the board, we need to focus on the metrics proven to enhance performance and set higher standards for everyone. Chamorro-Premuzic is also a professor of business psychology at University College London and Columbia University, and the author of the book.https://hbr.org/ideacast/2019/03/why-are-we-still-promoting-incompetent-men
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I'd rather have a low salary than having a pain in the ass boss. We have to set higher standards when choosing a leader to also keep competent employees.
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Why do you think incompetent men become leaders?
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I feel like an excellent point was lost to being overwhelmed and sidetracked with petty argument by making this divisive by gender, rather than focusing on the point that our current system rewards confident incompetence.
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Because interviews favour people who can talk well about themselves, which is essentially a measure of arrogance and lack of humility.
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Because interviews favour people who can talk well about themselves, which is essentially a measure of arrogance and lack of humility.
The Dunning Kruger effect essentially.
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The Dunning Kruger effect essentially.
Indeed. (although I had to look that up). Having a big gob and an ability to BS with confidence seems to work well for many.
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Indeed. (although I had to look that up). Having a big gob and an ability to BS with confidence seems to work well for many.
I only know of it because of a couple of skeptical podcast I listen to.
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Funny thing is, I don’t think this is really about male/female per se. It’s more about ego and confidence. As the male/female imbalance at the top is addressed, I imagine that we’ll see it become less about sex and more about overinflated ego and confidence being the problem.
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Funny thing is, I don’t think this is really about male/female per se. It’s more about ego and confidence. As the male/female imbalance at the top is addressed, I imagine that we’ll see it become less about sex and more about overinflated ego and confidence being the problem.
Yeah I agree it has nothing to do with gender. It’s purely anecdotal, but in the forces there’s plenty from both sides. It’s exaggerated a bit too by promoting people that tick the diversity boxes instead of the ability ones.
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Yeah I agree it has nothing to do with gender. It’s purely anecdotal, but in the forces there’s plenty from both sides. It’s exaggerated a bit too by promoting people that tick the diversity boxes instead of the ability ones.
Maybe, personally I don’t think there’s anything wrong with diversity or being representative of the communities you’re working in/with. I’ve noted it’s more a case of “big mouth, scared to mess up in case it affects the career, so never really changes anything”. All the other big mouths pull the org apart by trying to pull everything in their own direction. What they really need is a voice that says “we really need to all design and support a consensus view”, but unfortunately that voice is drowned out by the big mouths.
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