SDS presentation-creationToday’s follower wants competence in a leader.  During my work life (more than 40 years) competence has become an increasingly important issue for leaders.  Things that were popular when I was entering the workforce, such as charisma, have become less so.

When speaking of competence I’m talking about both perceived and real capabilities.  Perceived competence, for example, is how well you present yourself to groups so they read things into you such as intelligence, confidence and ability.  If you’re running for president, and people perceive you as competent, you might get the votes and the job.  But it doesn’t necessarily mean you can DO the job!   Real competence, however, may be visible to others or not.  If you’re a quiet, behind the scenes achiever, instigator, motivator or peace maker, others may not readily recognize your talents due to the low key nature of your style.   One would hope, that over…