The Importance of Competence for Team Leaders

Competence Leadership

We all admire people who are highly competent in what they are doing, whether they are a precision craftsman, world class athletes or successful businessmen. To be recognized by your team as a leader, you need a high degree of competence. The better you are at what you do, the greater potential you will have for influence with your team.

Competent team leaders are those that:

  • Can see what needs to happen.
  • Can make it happen.
  • Can make it happen when it really counts.

Related: Leadership Outcome Based Team Building Activities

Competent Team Leaders Show Up Everyday

Responsible leaders are those that show up when expected. Highly competent team leaders show up ready for work every day no matter how they feel. They are not distracted by the circumstances they face or how difficult they expect the day to be.

Competent Team Leaders Keep Improving

Highly competent team leaders are continuously looking for ways to keep learning, growing and improving. They are always looking to find out the why of something. The person who knows how will always have a job but the person who knows why will always be the boss.

Competent Team Leaders Follow Through With Excellence

Competent team leaders are those leaders who always follow through with excellence. Leading with excellence is a choice and an act of the will. As much as the leader expects the team to follow through on tasks, even more so the team expects the leader to follow through with excellence.

Competent Team Leaders Accomplish More Than Expected

Highly competent team leaders are always looking to go the extra mile. Team leaders must always be on the guard against an attitude of “let’s just get through it the best we can”. Competent team leaders do more than what is expected from them on a daily basis.

Competent Team Leaders Inspire Others

Competent team leaders not only perform at a high level, but they also inspire and motivate their team to do the same. Effective leaders combine relational skills with high competence to take their team to a new level of excellence and influence.

How You Can Improve Your Level of Competence

  • Get your head in the game. If you notice that you have been mentally or emotionally detached from your work, it is time to re-engage and rededicate yourself to your job. Determine to give your job an appropriate amount of time and undivided attention. The next step is to figure out why you have become detached in the first place. Identify the source of the problem and create a plan to resolve it.
  • Redefine the standard. Reexamine your standards if you are not performing at constantly high standards. Make sure that you have not been shooting too low or cutting corners. If this is the case, it is time to outline more demanding expectations for yourself.
  • Find three ways to improve. To improve you have to be intentional about it. Find three things you can do to improve your professional skills. Dedicate time and money to follow through on them.

Resource: The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader

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