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Competent leaders have the knowledge, skills and motivation to be productive and produce results. The rewards of being a competent leader include:
- Your influence is maximized
- You excel toward your potential
- You establish your authority
- You reap the rewards of your effort
You can read more about these rewards in my post Four Rewards to Becoming a Competent Leader. I hope seeing these rewards inspires and encourages you to be or become a competent leader. Below are some qualities all competent leaders possess:
A standard of excellence
In The Leadership Mandate I wrote a standard of excellence is “about doing and giving your best in the areas of your direct responsibilities and obligations.” This includes all areas of your life, not only in your leadership role. A standard of excellence is the choice to go above and beyond what is expected of you. A consistent work ethic will both amaze and inspire those around. This action sets the example for your team, influencing them to increase their own standard. Chose to have a high standard no matter how competent you become.
A never settle mindset
Competent leaders never settle for good or average results whether it’s in a product, service, or the effort of the team or themselves. They are driven to put in the effort to produce great results and work. This mindset strives for great work but does not allow perfectionism to cause them not to deliver results. Never settle for the average when you can produce greatness.
Attention to Detail
In every task they do, competent leaders pay attention to the details. Dale Carnegie said,
“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.”
Leaders understand the small tasks compiled together produce large and successful results. Even in the small or routine tasks, they never cut corners or overlook the details. This leads to the success of everyone on the team and the entire organization.
Competent leaders perform through every season of leadership, during the good, bad, and ugly times of leading. They know how to nourish themselves and remain self-motivated. The most important role of a leader is to produce results, primarily by influencing those around them to perform. They understand the value of being consistently performing.
Question: What are some other qualities of competent leaders?