Competence may be the most important ingredient of a leader. A leader may communicate well, may have good emotional intelligence and all the other key ingredients I noted in my previous blog, but if they are not competent nothing else matters.
When I refer to competence I am referring to a leader’s knowledge of the industry. According to Biography, “General George Patton is considered one of the most successful combat generals in U.S. history. He was the first officer assigned to the Tank Corps in WWI. In WWII he helped lead the Allies to victory in the invasion of Sicily and was instrumental to the liberation of Germany from the Nazis”.
However, according to America in WWII, General Patton, “was a man of many contradictions. He aroused intense emotions in admirers and detractors alike”.
Many people seemed to love General Patton and many seemed to dislike him, but no one seemed to question his “competence” when it came to tank warfare.
At the end of the day, organizations need to win and winning hinges on the leader’s competence of the industry. If the leader lacks the knowledge necessary to win the soldiers, players or employees will be filled with doubt. This will lead to a lack of commitment to the organization’s mission and ultimately lead to failure.
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