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Wednesday, 25 July 2012 07:45

Are You Competent? Are You Great?

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To be a great leader, you need to know what you’re great at. This is the skill set around which you will package yourself inside your organization. Acknowledge to yourself and to others what you’re good at and not so good at. Don’t be bashful, vulnerability helps people connect to you and makes you a better leader. But this is only a starting point.

Think competence, not capacity. Being capable of performing is not enough. That will seldom give you the advantage you need to spark real change. Finding your competency is more about the recipe than the ingredients. Think of yourself as an artist, not a painter; an author, not a writer; a composer, not a musician.

Ask yourself, "How can I put my competency to work inside my organization? How can I use it to provide value differently to a transformed world?" Great leaders can put value into any object. We see hints of this when we hold onto a simple object because it reminds us of someone or some event. A rose? A pen? A lucky outfit you wear on special days?

Mother Teresa’s value is compassion for children. That was her brand. What do others feel when they hear your name? Once you figure out how to provide value to your organization, your organization will be able to share that value with its customers.

It may be that your value requires you to move into a new part of the organization. That’s okay. Many people find that they are in the right organization but in the wrong department to maximize their best selves. Be open-minded about where you belong and can do the most good.

Source: Mohan Nair is the author of Strategic Business Transformation: The 7 Deadly Sins to Overcome.

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