Leadership – Character, Competence and Capacity

In 2013, Sheryl Sandberg started the trend ‘get a seat at the table’ and it has been used to further elaborate and explain the importance of being able to get yourself seen and most importantly, heard.

Success is relative and a really great combination or mix of excellent grades coupled with great attitude and an understanding of life disposition, helps build an even greater and successful human being.

I find that to become a member of this table of decision makers and change leaders, 3 things need to be greatly considered.

They are character, competence and capacity.

Character – My dad always emphasised on having and building upon very good behaviour. It is important to know that yes, we do have personalities that define us all however the key is to intentionally have the character that is sustainable, impactful and of high value. Good character keeps you, guides you and gets you far in life.

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved. Helen Keller

Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character. Albert Einstein

Competence – To get something done with expertise and to do it efficiently and effectively. Competence can come either through building on a skill or talent. Your ability to carry out a role, task or project with professionalism as expected is essential to get you thinking ahead and sitting at the leadership table.

Basically, to lead without a title is to derive your power within the organisation not from your position but from your competence, effectiveness, relationships, excellence, innovation and ethics. Robin S. Sharma

Capacity – You may not know what maximum you can take until you try. Capacity is the amount you can either produce or become and there are many ways to build on your capacity. The key thing is to increase your area of required capacity and become more than you were originally created to be.

We don’t even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome. Isabel Allende

Becoming a leader is a learning journey. Do ensure that you are committed to constantly improving and developing yourself.

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