I was in a class a few days ago, and these 4 competencies came up. These 4 levels of competence work for leadership development, but the application fits pretty much any skill or competency.
1. Unconsciously Incompetent – it is possible to not know that you don’t quite have the competence it takes to lead. People with this level of competence don’t even know that they are incompetent.
2. Consciously Incompetent – then they hit a level where they realize that they are incompetent. People with this level of competence know that they are incompetent.
3. Consciously Competent – are those that know that they are competent. They have worked on learning the skill that they are conscious of the fact that they are competent.
4. Unconsciously Competent – are those that don’t even think about the skill or ability. They know that they are able to perform, but the do so naturally and freely – without even thinking about it.
I tend to look at these competencies from a values-free perspective. One’s not better than the other, but it helps me to process thru my leadership competencies. In many ways, I am in different levels of leadership development, but now I have the categories to determine what level of leadership competency and development I am on.
If you have any questions – please ask. It might tell me what level you’re at in your leadership development.
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