Technical Skills Are Everything…

…until you reach the top levels of leadership.

During recent 360 interviews I conducted for a partner, one of his colleagues noted that his need to continue being the technical expert was reducing his effectiveness.

There is a critical shift or breakthrough professionals must make if they hope to effectively leverage themselves.  They must accept the reality that the higher up one goes in leadership the importance of being technically competent diminishes.  Behavior trumps technical in leadership roles.

Leadership is less about what you can do, and much more about what you can get others to do.  Knowing how to do is important, but mastering the art of motivating others to work with and for you is essential to long term success.

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04-07-11

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