Is Katie Couric’s Departure from CBS News an Example of the Peter Principle?
The definition of the Peter Principle is “in a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his/her level of incompetence.” In other words, people keep getting promoted until eventually they get to a point where they are no longer competent.
I would hardly consider Katie Couric incompetent at delivering the news. However, I think a lot of people liked seeing her in a different element. I think she was terrific on The Today Show. However, she lacked in popularity on the CBS Evening News. Couric is leaving evening news to start her own daytime talk show in 2012.
Many people stay in positions where they are not completely comfortable and/or necessarily competent. As with the Couric example, sometimes getting to the top of where people think you “should” be isn’t necessarily where you’ll shine the brightest.