Competence – If you build it, they will come
“Competence goes beyond words, it’s the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how – and know that they want to follow you.” John C. Maxwell
Do you admire competent people? Most of us admire competent people whether they are elite athletes, successful business leaders or craftsmen. You don’t have to be elite to be competent, you can improve your competence by:
- Show up every day – Be ready to play every day, not matter how you feel, what kind of circumstances you face or how difficult you expect the task to be.
- Keep improving – keep learning, growing and improving.
- Follow through with excellence – Performing at a high level of excellence is always a choice, an act of will.
- Accomplish more than expected – Highly competent people always go the extra mile.
- Inspire others – Highly competent leaders perform at a high level and inspire and motivate people to do the same.
To improve your competence, do the following:
- Get you head in the game – rededicate yourself to the job, identify the problem and create a plan to resolve it.
- Redefine the standard – Outline more demanding expectations for yourself.
- Find three ways to improve – Research and find three things you can do to improve your skills. Then dedicate the time and money to follow through on them.
When was the last time you gave a task your absolute best even though nobody, but you would know about it?
*This post and podcast are based on content from John Maxwell’s 21 Indispensable Qualities of a leader (Chapter 5). To learn how to become a better leader, get the book click here