Have you heard of the Peter principle?

In an organizational structure, assessing an employee's potential for a promotion is often based on their performance in their current job. This can eventually result in their being promoted beyond their highest level of competence and potentially then to a role in which they are not competent, referred to as their "level of incompetence"

I want to know is there a word for the "act of occupying a position that you are incompetent in"?

  • i wish there were a neologism ... like 'mr x has been petered'!
    – lbf
    Feb 6, 2018 at 20:50
  • Perhaps 'lifer' would convey the meaning someone will never rise any higher ... because they've already reached a level where they are incompetent. Yoy could at least feel confident others would interpret that as being very insulting. :) Feb 7, 2018 at 16:05

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"Unfit" is both technically correct, and generally understood.

Usage can fall into the forms of:

  • Unfit noun: "Unfit mother", "Unfit leader"
  • Unfit for ____ : "Unfit for motherhood", "Unfit for leadership"
  • Unfit to _____ : "Unfit to Parent", "Unfit to lead"
  • but "unfit" still describes the person, I want to talk about the act. like: This position has been occupied by an unfit person and ....... Tnx for the time
    – HamidMac
    Feb 7, 2018 at 7:43

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