Summary of Leading with Character and Competence

Looking for the book?
We have the summary! Get the key insights in just 10 minutes.

Leading with Character and Competence book summary
Start getting smarter:
or see our plans




  • Applicable
  • Well Structured
  • Overview


Every day, in every action, you choose whether you want to be a leader. To increase your leadership skills, you must build your “competence and character” to work effectively and to inspire others to follow you. Consultant Timothy R. Clark argues that “influence” forms the basis of leadership, no matter how many people you influence – one or many, and that influence also requires being capable and of good character. getAbstract recommends his presentation to those who are working on becoming leaders or becoming better leaders no matter their current position.

About the Author

Timothy R. Clark, PhD, founded LeaderFactor, a change and strategy consultancy, and BluEQ, an emotional intelligence assessment firm. He writes on large-scale change and strategic agility.



Useless Theories

When people discuss leadership, they often cite supposed rules that actually have little validity. Be wary of succumbing to these 10 incorrect, “misleading leadership theories”:

  1. You need “charisma” to project yourself as a leader.
  2. You must have a way with words to become a leader.
  3. You need to have “power” for others to recognize you as a leader. It helps to hold a position with an important title.
  4. You must have age on your side.
  5. You must work on extremely important issues.
  6. Leadership requires that other people admire you.
  7. Your claim to leadership is stronger if a lot of people know you.
  8. For others to see you as a leader, you must get the upper hand on your competitors.
  9. Leaders make a lot of money or have access to a big budget.
  10. Being a leader necessitates academic credentials.

“The Spectrum of Influence”

People can meet all of the supposed, conventional requirements of being a leader and still fail to lead. On the other hand, a great leader might not meet any of these supposed qualifications.

An amazingly simple idea – “influence...

More on this topic

Customers who read this summary also read

The Leadership Killer
Extraordinary Influence
Leading Beyond the Ego
Management Mess to Leadership Success
Work Inspired
How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge

Related Channels

Comment on this summary

  • Avatar
  • Avatar
    A. B. 3 years ago
    I appreciate the fresh views and insights of the authors. The points outlined in the summary are very clear and useful in today's hectic and challenging reality.
  • Avatar
    V. J. 3 years ago
    This summary is very insightful Love the part the spoke on the character traits and egos.
  • Avatar
    F. M. 3 years ago
    The concepts are easy to relate to. Very beneficial for leaders to implement each of character and competence qualities.
  • Avatar
    A. M. 3 years ago
    This summary was very helpful distinguishing the traits and characters of leadership