Daily Leadership Message
The Ability To Perform Mission Essential Tasks
Competence is the third of the 5Cs, the F3 Leadership Characteristics.
Leaders are good at doing the things within an Organization or Team that are central to its reason to exist. A pilot must be good at landing the plane. A surgeon must good at making an incision. A pastor must be able to explain complicated points of scripture. Regardless of the type of Organization, an incompetent man is unlikely to be followed very far or long.
A Leader Is Not Required To Be Good At Everything Which An Organization Or Team Does
A pilot can be an incompetent baggage handler, a surgeon might not have a clue how to operate an MRI and a pastor may not be able to carry a single note of a single hymn. Yet all three may still be Effective Leaders because the things they cannot do are not essential to their Mission. It is only the performance of Mission-essential Tasks that require Competence.
Demonstrating Competence Is The Most Efficient (But Most Difficult) Way For A Leader To Establish Credibility
Consider how long it would take for a man to prove himself to be Candid, or how rare the opportunity for a Leader to exhibit Courage. Likewise, to demonstrate Commitment and Contentment, a Leader needs both time and opportunity. Of all the Leadership Characteristics it is Competence alone that can be quickly and firmly evoked by the Leader at a time and place of his choosing.
COMPETENCE: The ability to perform Mission-essential Tasks. (Q3.5).
And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He charged them to take nothing for their journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in their belts—
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
- “Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
- “Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
- “When you’re different, sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.”
Daily Storytelling Time
frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and four year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered.
The family ate together at the table, but the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about grandfather,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor.”
So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in grandfather’s direction, he sometimes had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four year old watched it all in silence.
One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Momma to eat your food from when I grow up.” The four year old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no words were spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table.
For the remainder of his days, he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.