If leadership is the process of influencing someone or an organization to accomplish a goal then competence is the key ingredient that gives the leader legitimacy. Competence is the ability to “do.” Do what? Easy answer: Set the Example. After all, it is hard to follow someone whom you have little trust in ability. This is the reason why leaders hone their abilities, they practice, practice, practice, research, research, research and optimize, optimize, optimize! And they do this everyday. It is because of their commitment to hone and refine their abilities so that they can inspire and invoke trust. Leaders tend to be more concise and realistic in assigned taskings if they have experienced the challenge (or similar) before. I encourage you to work beyond the duty schedule and enhance your competence; become the subject matter expert in your organization. It’s addictive because your desire to enhance your expertise will flood throughout your environment. It becomes culture to improve your skillset. So give yourself the ability to “do” by researching, asking questions, practicing, and testing your capabilities. Advocate dialogue on best practices and experiences. You will become better and you will increase your confidence and expectations. I encourage you to roll up your sleeves and dive into setting the example for others to follow because it takes more than the ability to push orders to coworkers and know that your intent has coupled with morale and understanding. You are a leader, and leaders “can do!” Competence is not a hereditary gift, so anyone can achieve competency; it takes dedication, focus and effort.
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