Our expert says:
Well, for a start, please don't call yourself Incompetent or call yourself that ! It sounds as though a major part of the problem you're describing is a lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. You don't mention your exact position or qualifications, but you are surely well qualified, or you would not have been appointed to the job. There are many possible reasons why you don't get coonsulted. Maybe they were used to consulting the other folks before you began working here, and are just continuing their old habits ? Maybe the others sources of advice are lenient and let them get away with sub-standard work, and they worry that you might not. (Good for you if that is the case ).
If there is a HR person or department, it might be useful to have a chat with them, as they could have some useful suggestions. You might also find it helpful to see a personal counsellor, to work on enhancing your self-confidence.
Are any of these people you work with friendly enough for you to chat with them, and ask them, mentioning that you feel puzzled that people don't feel free to consult you when that's part of your function, and you'd like to have a better relationship with them, and to be able to help them : you could ask such a person if they know why this seems to have become a problem, and what you could usefully do about it.
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