Q: My boss takes all the credit for the hard work I do, but I don’t complain. However, it has created some great stresses on the organization because of his mistakes. Thankfully, other members of the organization are aware that he isn’t as smart as he thinks he is. How can I maintain sanity without losing my cool? Disturbed in Suburbia
A: Dear Disturbed,
Sounds like a pretty typical situation and something you are handling gracefully. I’d continue to work hard and grin and bear it until the situation resolves itself in one of two ways – the boss will leave the company or the company will ask him to leave.
The best way to deal with someone who takes all the credit but has little knowledge is to remain professional, and keep accurate records. Documenting conversations, issues you have had with the person, and working with other people in the company fixing situations while delicately (if necessary) placing blame are effective ways to keep things professional while keeping yourself sane.
As for dealing with your boss directly, ask to spend time with them explaining what issues you are having with his contributions. Work with him to show him the mistakes he is making, and if they continue, at least you can sleep at night knowing that you have covered your tracks and done your due diligence.