I think being competent is an important characteristic that every leader should have. Being competent as a leader means that the leader has all the correct qualities and skill such as great communication skills, being able to empathized with others, being knowledgeable and respectful to everyone. For example, we were busy on a night shift and the team lead that night was only focusing on her task. Although she is knowledgeable about what she does, and she is respectful and communicates very well she was not very supportive to the members This to me would not make her a competent leader as she did not display any empathy to her staff. This affected the team negatively because we were unsupported and many did not get a break. In addition, it also made her looked selfish to the other staff members. So therefore, I believe that a great leader needs to be competent.