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Submitted by: WISE NYC Metro member | Up to 6 years professional experience

As a mid- to entry- level employee, what is the best way to handle a lack of leadership in the office?


This is a situation that trips up a lot of people. Usually people try to resolve this by going to management and complaining, bad mouthing the individual at work, or trying to confront the person directly. Don’t do it. All of these approaches will backfire even if you are correct about the lack of leadership.

Stay focused on what you’re there to do. Execute your agenda. It’s not your job to evaluate those above you in the hierarchy. If you’re asked for your opinion by management, by all means give it (in an appropriate way.) If you need a different type of leader, look around your company and see where you might fit or look outside.

Judging others takes you out of your game. You’re using your valuable energy and focusing on someone that never asked for your attention. Instead focus on what you can control. You’ll be much happier and much more successful.

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