June 3

Creating “Can Do” Teams: A Guide to Competence in Leadership


In the dynamic world of leadership, competence transcends beyond mere education and experience. True competence is the ability to inspire and engage individuals to give their best every day. It encompasses critical aspects of emotional intelligence, driving leaders to create high-performing, cohesive teams. The LifeThrive Leadership Program (75 years of experience in leadership development) highlights the importance of competence through the development of self-awareness and social skills, setting the stage for effective and respected leadership.

Self-Awareness: The Foundation of Authentic Leadership

Self-awareness is the conscious understanding of one's character, feelings, motives, and desires. For leaders, this means having a clear grasp of their strengths and weaknesses, enabling them to lead with confidence and authenticity. When leaders are self-aware, they can align their actions with their core values, make informed decisions, and adapt to changing circumstances with ease. This intrinsic understanding promotes a leadership style that is both genuine and effective, fostering trust and respect within the team.

Social Skills: Building Bridges and Networks

Social skills in leadership involve the ability to manage relationships and build networks. Leaders with strong social skills excel in communication, conflict resolution, team building, and influencing others. By enhancing these skills, leaders can cultivate an environment of effective collaboration, creating a positive team atmosphere that drives collective success.

Together, self-awareness and social skills form the bedrock of a leader's competence. They enable leaders to act with precision and empathy, facilitating positive outcomes for their teams and organizations. The emphasis on these elements ensures leaders are equipped to navigate the complexities of modern leadership with grace and effectiveness.

Essential Skills for Enhancing Leadership Competence

To further develop competence, leaders must focus on specific skills that directly impact their effectiveness and success:

Effective Communication

Communication is the cornerstone of effective leadership. Leaders must be able to convey their vision, expectations, and feedback clearly and constructively. Effective communication fosters transparency, reduces misunderstandings, and enhances team alignment, ensuring everyone is working towards the same goals.

Relationship Management

Successful leaders excel in managing relationships within their teams and across the organization. Building strong, positive relationships based on trust and mutual respect creates a supportive environment where team members feel valued and motivated. Effective relationship management also aids in conflict resolution and collaboration.

Decision Making 

Competent leaders are decisive. They gather relevant information, weigh the pros and cons, and make informed decisions that align with their organization's objectives. Good decision-making skills are critical for navigating challenges and seizing opportunities, ensuring the long-term success of the team and organization.

Adaptability & Flexibility

In today's fast-paced world, adaptability and flexibility are crucial. Leaders must be open to change and willing to adjust their strategies in response to new information or shifting circumstances. This agility allows teams to stay resilient and proactive, maintaining momentum even in the face of uncertainty.


Confidence is a key trait of competent leaders. A confident leader inspires confidence in others, creating a sense of stability and direction. Confidence allows leaders to take risks, make tough decisions, and stand by their choices, reinforcing their credibility and authority.

Emotional Intelligence 

Emotional intelligence (EI) encompasses the ability to understand and manage one's emotions and the emotions of others. High EI in leaders leads to better empathy, improved relationships, greater resilience, better trust building, and effective conflict resolution. It is a critical component of competence, enabling leaders to connect with their teams on a deeper level and foster a positive, productive work environment.


A competent leader is a motivated leader. They are driven by a sense of purpose and inspire the same in their team. By setting clear goals, recognizing achievements, and providing constructive feedback, leaders can keep their teams engaged and motivated, driving sustained performance and success.
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Building "Can Do" Teams with Competence 

Competence in leadership is the catalyst for creating "can do" teams. By developing self-awareness and social skills and focusing on key leadership traits such as effective communication, relationship management, decision making, adaptability, confidence, emotional intelligence, and motivation, leaders can cultivate high-performing teams that are resilient, collaborative, and motivated to achieve their goals.

Next Level Leadership Development

We usually do not promote products or services in our blogs. We are making an exception because we know how difficult it is to choose the right path forward to develop leaders.  Dr. Chuck Coker (LifeThrive) and Steve Goodner (EQFIT) have combined their 75+ years of leadership and organizational development experience to create a “next level” leadership development program. One designed with the most recent advances in leadership development sciences and one that easily fits into busy schedules.

The LifeThrive Leadership Program equips leaders with the tools and insights necessary to enhance their competence, ultimately leading to more effective, respected, and successful leadership. Through continuous development and application of these skills, leaders can drive positive outcomes, foster meaningful relationships, and create a culture of excellence within their organizations.

If you would like to explore the LifeThrive Leadership Program for yourself, email us here.


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