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Beyond technical competence: the art of leadership

James T. Scarnati (County Superintendent, Warren County School District, Warren, Pennsylvania, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 November 1999



Discusses three attributes of leadership that are beyond technical competence. Defines “Displaying moral courage” as having the conviction and fortitude to stand up for what you believe. Clarifies the development of a value system and the formation of principles as they relate to the development of moral courage and ethical behavior. Explains “The art of influence” and the manner in which it differs from the traditional power and control concept of the boss. Depicts “Accepting responsibility” as an essential behavior that promotes and supports quality leadership. Provides guidance, techniques, and examples that can be used to enhance leadership skills. Establishes a sound philosphy to increase the probability for long‐term success and professional fulfillment. Includes quotes from contemporary as well as historical leaders.



Scarnati, J.T. (1999), "Beyond technical competence: the art of leadership", Career Development International, Vol. 4 No. 6, pp. 325-335.




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