WORKPLACE / AUG. 26, 2014
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How to Deal With Being Smarter Than Your Boss

Hiring an employee that is smarter than you is a great business practice. When dealing with micromanagement problems, hiring employees that are smarter than you provides a long term answer. From the senior level to the most junior level efficiency should be the key word and only people who are smart can actualize and sustain the objectives of your business.

However employees seem to grumble at the idea of bosses employing or hiring people better than they are. They feel that such an idea of a boss employing smarter employees proves the manager or a business leader incompetent. It seems employees haven’t gotten over the traditional chain of command in the workplace of having bosses who are smarter than us. Their leadership seems to be faulted or unproven if they have not shown they are smarter than us. Some employees even go as far as opining that such bosses should be removed from their positions in the company.

Employees should stop complaining about such models now occurring in the workplace. Why? A boss must have done something right by noticing and employing a smarter employee. It is time for the 21 century employee to stop complaining and start facing the truths on why a boss remains relevant and competent although his employees seem smarter. There are certainly benefits for an employee when he or she is faced with such a situation. Here are three tips on how you can deal with the idea or notion of having a boss who seems less smart than you or your fellow employees.


The Boss Knows how to Hire and Manage.

Many successful CEOs make it a habit of hiring smarter people than they are. Whether it is a Bill Gate, founder of Microsoft; or a Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, they all make it a practice to pick out hires that will prove smarter than they are. Apparently if such a boss has taken the initiative of hiring you or another smarter employee, it clearly shows your boss knows not only how to manage but also how to hire and delegate. This proves that your boss is not so incompetent but actually has strong management practices.

It is a different scenario if your boss manages other aspects of the company poorly and asserts dominance. That is something you can change and reinvent.


An Opportunity to learn

If your boss has made the right decision of employing you and other smarter employees it is time for you to start learning from your boss on how he or she manages smarter employees. It is apparent that they are great at picking hires that excel and complement their weaknesses.

You may be glad to show off your skills and be enthusiastic about flaunting your abilities or knowledge. However never let this get into your head. You should learn from such bosses and inform your own habits as an employee. Observe and discover how the boss displays his management skills. Who knows you may become a boss someday and such knowledge will prove vital.


Don’t be discouraged

Many feel having a boss who is less smart offers them an opportunity to hide their abilities and not outshine the master. However tempting it may be to downplay your skills it is better for you and the company if you do not. You are not challenging the boss’ authority; rather you are ascertaining the belief he or she has in you. The credit goes to the employer when you show your skills which improve the company and yourself.

A smart employee has a lot to gain when he doesn’t look down on his or her boss who is less smart but should appreciate such a boss who has proven to be the ideal employer.



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