Four Levels of Skill Development

Four Levels of Skill Development

In his book, “Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game,” mental coach, Rick Sessinghaus, sets forth the four levels of skill development that apply to both business and sports. The four levels are:

Level 1 – Unconscious incompetence. Unconscious incompetence occurs when a person does not have a specific skill and they do not recognize the value of developing it. “I do not know how to sell and do not need to learn it.”

Level 2 – Conscious incompetence. Conscious incompetence occurs when a person knows that they do not have a specific skill, but they recognize the value of developing it. “I need to learn to sell to increase my income.”

Level 3 – Conscious competence. Conscious competence occurs when you have a specific skill, but demonstrating it requires you to concentrate. “I know how to sell, but need follow a methodology or process to do it.”

Level 4 – Unconscious competence. Unconscious competence occurs when you have a specific skill and you can demonstrate it without concentration. “Selling is second nature to me.”

Moving from one level to the next comes from practice. Fear of failing or looking bad in front of others often prevents people from advancing. When fear is present, success requires pressing forward to gain experience.

Leaders help people understand where they are with developing a specific skill, as well as help them move from one level to the next. Leaders help people ultimately operate at Level 4 (unconscious competence) with or without them.

All contents copyright © 2018, Josh Lowry. All rights reserved.

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