One of the 5  components of competence is experience. The term is usually used to discuss an event that you’ve witnessed or participated in and learnt something which changes your thoughts in some way. We know that the way you think affects how your act and how your feel. Therefore, experience affects you far more than you may realise at the time.

As an executive, experience is not necessarily referring to occasions that have altered you. It can indicate the interaction that someone has with you. Engaging with you can be an experience. It can shift the other person’s perceptions and modify their behaviour.

Positive or negative, all experiences leave lessons. The more open we are to those lessons, the more we gain. Giving someone else an experience which shifts their point of view is a powerful position to be in. Refining this competence means ensuring that the experience that people glean from being with you is both positive, and enhances their performance.