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Competence refers to the ability to do something efficiently. Being competent is an important trait in an individual.

Competence leads to smooth working in all fields, and people prefer competent individuals the most. It is important to understand the character and responsibility that come with competency.

Competent stories do not discuss a particular field; it could be technical competence, scientific responsibility, or generally a leader's ability in a big office facing demands. It is more about being competent in a responsible manner. As Jon Stewart once said, "competence is definitely a rare commodity," and we have to start letting the chips fall where they may.

Character and Competence Quotes

Here are some character and competence quotes you may want to learn about.

"Competence goes beyond words. It's the leader's ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how – and know that they want to follow you."

– John C. Maxwell

"To be a manager requires more than a title, a big office, and other outward symbols of rank. It requires competence and performance of a high order."

– Peter Drucker

"Love what you do. Get good at it. Competence is a rare commodity in this day and age. And let the chips fall where they may."

– Jon Stewart

"Competence is a great creator of confidence."

-Mary Jo Putney

"My selection process is based on "three Cs": first character, then competence, and finally chemistry with me and with the rest of the team. Character. Competence. Chemistry."

— Bill Hybels

"A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It's the testing point of our character and competence."

— Stephen R. Covey

"We send our [peacekeepers] off to some disputed zone, full of local intrigue and power blocs and uncertainty and danger, and they are supposed to save lives not with their weapons, but through their competence and their character. And they do it."

— Romeo LeBlanc

"What will matter is not your competence, but your character. What will matter is not how many people you knew but how many will feel a lasting loss when you are gone. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by who and for what?"

— Michael Josephson

"A nominee [to Supreme Court] must possess the competence, character and temperament to serve on the bench."

Herb Kohl

"There is no more critical indicator of the future of a society than the character, competence, and integrity of its youth."

— Urie Bronfenbrenner

"In every analysis you need to isolate what the real assets are and you must not forget to examine the franchise to do business, to review the character and competence of the management and to estimate the outcome if the whole business had to be turned into cash."

— Peter Cundill

"Let me just be candid: My party is full of racists. And the real reason a considerable portion of my party wants President Obama out of the White House has nothing to do with the content of his character, nothing to do with his competence as commander-in-chief and president, and everything to do with the color of his skin. And that's despicable."

Colin Powell

"What will matter in the end is not what you bought but what you built; not what you got but what you gave; not what you learned by what you taught. What will matter is not your competence but your character."

— Michael Josephson

"Effective leadership is the only competitive advantage that will endure. That's because leadership has two sides- what a person is character and what a person does- competence."

— Stephen Covey

"Trust is equal parts character and competence ... You can look at any leadership failure, and it's always a failure of one or the other."

— Stephen Covey

"Trust is a function of both character and competence. Of course you can't trust someone who lacks integrity, but if someone is honest but they can't perform, you're not going to trust them either. You won't trust them to get the job done."

— Stephen Covey

"There are three qualities a leader must exemplify to build trust: competence, connection, and character."

— John C. Maxwell

"What could be more important than equipping the next generation with the character and competence they need to become successful."

— Colin Powell

Famous Competence Quotes

These famous competence quotes will help you understand how you can improve your competency.

"Competence means keeping your head in a crisis, sticking with a task even when it seems hopeless, and improvising good solutions to tough problems when every second counts. It encompasses ingenuity, determination and being prepared for anything."

-Chris Hadfield

"There's a lot more to competence than a law degree and a modicum of courtroom skill."

-Fred Thompson

"By stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence you accelerate your development of competence."

-Michael J. Gelb

"First you achieve your competence. Use your talent and believe in yourselves. Things will happen. But you have to believe that nothing is impossible"

-Anderson Silva

"But then acting is all about faking. We're all very good at faking things that we have no competence with."

-John Cleese

"Competence, like truth, beauty, and contact lenses, is in the eye of the beholder.

-Laurence J. Peter

"Competence Brings Confidence."


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"Choose a challenge instead of competence."

-Eleanor Roosevelt

"One of the best uses of your time is to increase your competence in your key result areas.

-Brian Tracy

"Leadership shows judgment, wisdom, personal appeal and proven competence.

-Walt Disney

"Diligence leads to competence."

-Jeffrey Benjamin

"Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."

― Theodore Roosevelt

"So many people can now write competent stories that the short story is in danger of dying of competence."

― Flannery O'Connor

"I am, as I've said, merely competent. But in an age of incompetence, that makes me extraordinary."

― Billy Joel

Quotes about Competence and Responsibility

As said earlier, quotes are about character and quality. Maintaining responsibility is possible with these quotes.

"Success on any major scale requires you to accept responsibility . . . . In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have is the ability to take on responsibility."

— Michael Korda, Editor-in-Cheif, Simon & Schuster

"The price of greatness is responsibility."

— Winston Churchill

"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."

— Lou Holtz

"Only a fighting nation can make itself responsible for world peace, and such a nation must organize its material resources and manpower with the highest possible degree of efficiency."

— Chiang Kai-shek

"The reason people blame things on the previous generation is that there's only one other choice."

— Doug Larson

"In the old days, words like sin and Satan had a moral certitude. Today, they're replaced with self-help jargon, words like dysfunction and antisocial behavior, discouraging any responsibility for one's actions."

— Don Henley, Singer/Songwriter

"In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

"Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses."

— George Washington Carver

"All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you."

— Wayne Dyer

"In times like the present, men should utter nothing for which they would not willingly be responsible through time and eternity."

— Abraham Lincoln

"Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect."

— Eleanor Roosevelt

"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of."

— Jim Rohn

(Being competent is also about character and quality.)

Insightful Competence Quotes

These quotes help to realize the importance of competency and how it can be advantageous to work hard and let go of obscurity-related behavior.

"It is more important to influence people than to impress them."

– Adrian Rogers

"One of the best ways to influence people is to make them feel important. Most people enjoy those rare moments when others make them feel important. It is one of the deepest human desires."

– Roy T. Bennett

"If you were born with the ability to change someone's perspective or emotions, never waste that gift. It is one of the most powerful gifts God can give – the ability to influence."

– Shannon L. Alder

"If you are given a chance to be a role model, I think you should always take it because you can influence a person's life in a positive light, and that's what I want to do. That's what it's all about."

– Tiger Woods

"I hold that a strongly marked personality can influence descendants for generations."

– Beatrix Potter

"Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."

– Napoleon Hill

"We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why."

– Stephen King

"People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced."

– T. S. Eliot

"The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority."

– Ken Blanchard

"Nobody should be whipped. Remember that, once and for all. Neither man nor animal can be influenced by anything but suggestion."

– Mikhail Bulgakov

"The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret."

– Salvador Dali

"The people who influence you are the people who believe in you."

– Henry Drummond

"Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing."

– Albert Schweitzer

"Your minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they're all a projection of you."

– Deepak Chopra

"Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach."

– David McKay

"Success demands a high level of logistical and organizational competence."

– George Patton

"Obscurity and a competence—that is the life that is best worth living."

– Mark Twain

"No human being will work hard at anything unless they believe that they are working for competence. "

- William Glasser

"Never attribute to malevolence what is merely due to incompetence"

― Arthur C. Clarke, 3001: The Final Odyssey

"Practice like it's competition and compete like it's another day on the practice court."

— Karch Kiraly

"To address questions of scientific responsibility does not necessarily imply that one needs technical competence in a particular field (e.g. biology) to evaluate certain technical matters."

-Serge Lang

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