I know lots of competent leaders (and unfortunately incompetent leaders as well), but very few exceptional ones.
Competent- having suitable of sufficient skill, knowledge, and experience. Seems doable. Doesn’t seem like a stretch to try and be competent at your job and as a leader. Another definition of competent- adequate, but not exceptional. Wow, sign me up…. every since a child dreaming about what I would be when I grow up I dreamed of being adequate…. yeah, not real inspiring, huh.
How about being Exceptional as a leader? How about being the best in the world at your skill or area of expertise. How about being #1 in your industry as an organization. Striving to be better than average, above the norm, outside of the ordinary. That seems a bit more inspiring than adequate, average or suitable.
Being competent is the norm. Being exceptional is the unusual. Work on being exceptional.