Beating the Peter Principle’s bug | Leadership & Management


One of the world’s most respected management experts, Dr. Laurence J. Peter, posits that, “In a hierarchy every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” This statement is now known as the Peter Principle. The thrust of the principle is that in an organisation, employees will eventually get to their highest level of competence after which they are no longer promotable. That point is the employee’s level of incompetence, the ceiling of his career in that particular organisation.

Peter goes ahead to explain that a non-growing company usually has incompetent employees at many levels of its structure because what is being rewarded is loyalty, not competence. On the…

Source: Nigerian Tribune