In order to advance in any profession it is essential to raise your competence. As competence is increased, execution and trust are cultivated with others.
John Maxwell shares five ways to increase competence:
Show Up Every Day
There’s a saying, “All things come to him who waits.” Unfortunately sometimes, it’s just the leftovers from the people who got there first. Responsible people show up when they’re expected. But highly competent people take it a step farther. They don’t show up in body only. They come ready to play every day– no matter how they feel, what kind of circumstances they face, or how difficult they expect the game to be.
Like Benjamin Franklin, all highly competent people continually search for ways to keep learning, growing, and improving. They do that by asking, “Why?” After all, the person who knows how will always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be the boss.
Follow Through With Excellence
I’ve never met a person I considered competent who didn’t follow through. I bet it’s the same for you. Willa A. Foster remarked, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” Performing at a high level of excellence is always a choice, an act of the will.
Accomplished More Than Expected
Highly competent people always go the extra mile. For them, good enough is never good enough. In Men in Mid-Life Crisis, Jim Conway writes that some people feel “a weakening of the need to be a great man and increasing feeling of ‘let’s just get through this the best way we can.’ Never mind hitting home runs. Let’s just get through the ball game without getting beaned.” Successful people cannot afford to have that kind of attitude. They need to do the job, and then some, day in and day out.
Highly competent people do more than perform at a high level. They inspire and motivate other people to do the same. While some rely on relational skills alone to survive, effective people combine these skills with high competence to take their organizations to new levels of excellence and influence.