Who you are not what you know

I was a social work major in college and most of my professors were burned out former therapists who were capping off their careers in the classroom. After Dr Schneider used the last hour of my last class plugging his electric guitar into his amp and playing cover songs for us he said, “Here’s the deal…your effectiveness as a social worker will be based completely on who you are not on what you know.”

I wanted to throw my papers in the air and walk out of the room. I knew this to be true intuitively but it was bizarre to hear this summary of four years spent developing social work skills only to be told this has limited impact on your effectiveness .

Your effectiveness in leadership is based almost entirely on who you are not on what you know.

We should invest our time accordingly.

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