Laurence J Peters in his book “The Peter Principle” (Peters & Hull, 1969) argues that people are likely to be promoted until they reach a point where they are unacceptably incompetent.  At this point, they are unlikely to be promoted any further (at least in a well ordered organization) because they are no longer competent and so remain at that level indefinitely.  The great worry about this is that they are incompetent at this level so the organization is impacted by the presence of these incompetent people.

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