Competent Leadership

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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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“Andrae captures insight and pearls of wisdom from the military’s most senior leaders, calling them Procedures, Techniques, and Rules. These strategies, if applied with discipline, can provide efficiency to your day-to-day routine and increase your overall well-being.”

“Procedures, Techniques, Rules… I Wish I Learned in School is a resource tool that offers bottom-line instructions on a range of habits that have proved beneficial to our nation’s leading authorities.” “Andrae has taken his experiences from sitting down to talk with leaders, such as former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld; Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey; and Korean War hero, General Paik Sung-yup, and consolidated the lessons learned about life. Useful techniques are broken down into the simplest forms that relate to finances, health, parenting, and mind-set—all of which, if they had been reinforced and learned in our youth would have paid back seven times over. It’s never too late to become better. Enjoy.”

~Andrae Ballard is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He has served at every echelon from platoon through Corps level operations. He is also a part-time faculty member at Central Texas College, teaching in the Mathematics Department. He holds a BS in Systems Engineering from West Point and an MS from Central Michigan University in Human Resources Administration. ~Andrae’s most recent assignments include serving as the Aide-de-Camp to the 8th Army Commanding General in Yongsan, Korea, as well as the Public Affairs Officer for the Special Operations Command Korea Commanding General. His deployments include multiple combat tours in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). ~Andrae is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, as well as the United States Army Jumpmaster and Ranger Schools. He is the COO of Alexander Graham Properties LLC, an organization that provides resources and consultation to those in need of financial help. ~Andrae has spoken throughout the world, helping people to hone their leadership skills and potential and has assisted many, helping them to establish a clear and effective strategy to meet their life goals.


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