Character And Competence

Both Character and Competence are important aspects of ones personality, but individually they are insufficient.

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf put it this way

I have met a lot of leaders in the army who were very, very competent. But they didn’t have character. For every job they did well in the Army, they sought reward in the form of promotions in the form of awards and decorations, in the form of getting ahead at the expense of somebody else, in the form of another piece of paper that awarded them another degree…a sure road to the top. You see, these were competent people, but they lacked character. I have also met a lot of leaders who had superb character but who lacked competence. They weren’t willing to pay the price of leadership, to go the extra mile because that’s what it took to be a great leader. To lead in the twenty-first century…you will be required to have both character and competence.

Just read these lines in a book and thought to share it here with the whole world, this is as much relevant to the field of creative arts as much as its anywhere else.