In my last blog, I listed the top ten qualities of leaders. Starting today, I’ll write about each of those qualities in more detail.
The first quality on the list is “technical competence.” Why? Because no one can get to a position of true leadership without knowing what they’re doing.
I emphasize “true” leadership here because all of us have witnessed heads of state, small businesses, or volunteer efforts who don’t seem to understand the task at hand.
But those aren’t true leaders. Those are managers who are in over their heads.
Technical competence comes from being trained in the business and having experience — experience that allows you to not only understand how the business works, but how the workers in that business need to be led.
And technical competence puts you in a position of being respected by those you are leading.