I saw the following line in a job description:

Self directed, follows through on commitments. Able to build confidence in others, and remove.

I understand the last word as a contraction to mean "remove confidence in others".

I take this to mean manage the performance of individuals in a team, and build confidence with your boss, through a pattern of delivery.

But the phrase "... and remove [confidence in others]" seems a strange way of saying manage the performance of individuals in a team. It almost seems to be saying "know when to send signals that somebody is not delivering in a way appropriate to the workplace."

My question is: What does it mean in a job description: " Able to build confidence in others, and remove"?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's about (a) speculating about what someone writing a job description might've meant, (b) something (presumably) appearing in only a single job description (or the job descriptions of a single company or recruiter) as opposed to something appearing in many job descriptions and (c) probably relating to a writing mistake. This makes any answers we can give largely opinion-based and this question very unlikely to be applicable to others. Jul 14 '18 at 6:38
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    it could also mean "...and remove [others]". Maybe you're applying to be a hit-man.
    – bharal
    Jul 14 '18 at 8:52
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    Why don't you just call them and ask?
    – Richard
    Jul 14 '18 at 10:52
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    If it's for a job with Junk Luggers it makes perfect sense (almost). Jul 14 '18 at 12:30
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    It's just a typographical error, it's a non-issue.
    – Fattie
    Jul 14 '18 at 14:02

It seems to me that it is almost certainly a mistake in the job description.

It seems like they are missing a few words that should go after "remove". They probably meant to write "removes obstacles that can come in the way of collaboration" or something along those lines.

I highly doubt they want you to remove people's confidence!

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    You seem very confident in this answer. You might want to dial it back a bit. :-p Jul 14 '18 at 4:35
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    Some people need their confidence removed, though.
    – jpmc26
    Jul 14 '18 at 10:20

It means that the person creating the job description did a bad job of cut and pasting.

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    … and also that nobody proofread the document before issuing it!
    – alephzero
    Jul 14 '18 at 10:43
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    She did a good job at cutting though...
    – gnasher729
    Jul 14 '18 at 12:11
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    LOL a great answer.
    – Fattie
    Jul 14 '18 at 14:03
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    Maybe she lost the original copy after she cut and pasted.
    – user7360
    Jul 14 '18 at 15:33

It is literally as stated the ability to remove confidence in others if they get too cocky, so they feel some pressure to perform of course ;) We would not want them to spin out of our control which could easily happen if they realize how good they really are.

The problem if they realize you have people dedicated to regulate that, then they start counting their real worth to the company as the sum of their wages and those peoples wages, which is of course in one sense true.

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