I frequently talk about the four competencies that leaders need to think about and work on.
- Technical Competency
- Management Competency
- Technological Competency
- Leadership Competency
Technical competency will be the easiest for most people. We go to school to learn a subject or skill, we then go into the workplace and and have an opportunity to practice what we have learned. Experience helps us to become more and more competent. We attend seminar, read the right materials and attend the right trade shows and conferences. With practice we all become better technically.
Management competency is the one thing I worry about a lot. It is incredible to me how disorganized most people are or at the least a lot more disorganized than they could be. Management is the act of controlling. This simply means that everyone should have a structured, organized rountine system for planning and carrying out their goals and getting their daily tasks accomplished. If you have not attended a time management seminar to learn how to organize yourself, do so now. Most people plan their vacation a whole lot better than they plan their lives. When you are doing planning time in the morning before you start your day ask yourself these questions.
- How well did I do yesterday? What things could I have done better and need to go back to day and correct? What did I do really well that I want to continue to do?
- Which of the responsibilities that I have signed up for should I work on today? Responsibilities include your health, your development, your family, your community, your place of worship, your direct reports, etc.
- What should I work on today which will not pay off for 5, 10, 20 or even 40 years from now. Your retirement and your children’s education should be on that list. How many regrets do you want to have a few years down the road when people begin to say,” I wish I had done this or that?”
Technological competency is vital because technology is changing at lighting speed and is responsible for improving service and improving productivity. You need to be aware of the technological solutions which will strengthen your business. If this is not a strong area for you at least have someone that guides and advises you in this area or your organizaition will quickly fall behind.
Leadership competency is really about our ability to inspire others by creating a healthy respectful environement where employeess wake up in the morning committed to the organziation and want to come into work to do their best. Leaders must create an environment where everyone matters and they know they matter. Most companies have a pretty good product and services strategy. Most do not have a good leadership and people strategy.
How would you rate yourself on each of these four competencies? What are you doing now or planning to do to become more competent? Your career and your life is your responsibility to keep under control. Think every day about these four areas of competency every day. The act of thinking about them will help you start to make the necessary changes to become more competent in each area, which will pay off in all parts of your life.