COMPETENCE -vs- CONFIDENCE

Posted: April 21, 2011 in Uncategorized

Throughout my career as a leader I have always believed that COMPETENCE builds CONFIDENCE. The more COMPETENT you are at something, the more CONFIDENT you will be at performing that function. However, recently I was asked which is more important COMPETENCE or CONFIDENCE and I had to take a step back and analyze the two. Let’s look at the definition of each below.

COMPETENCE: The quality of being competent; adequacy; possession of required skill, knowledge, qualification, or capacity.

CONFIDENCE: Full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing. Belief in oneself and ones powers and abilities. Self confidence, self reliance, assurance, certitude.

Now, having learned the definition of each I have seen some CONFIDENT people that were not very COMPETENT but confidently stood by their incompetence no matter how wrong they were and were believed by their subordinates because of their displayed confidence. What this creates is a false sense of trust and belief in the confident individual by those that are less competent and has the potential of destroying an individual, team, or organization. So, having shed some light on these two important subjects I still believe COMPETENCE builds CONFIDENCE but am at odds with these two words because of their potential positive or negative impact on an individual, team, or organization depending on how they are used.

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