JLBC Leadership Competencies

JLBC: Compliance:

The act of obeying or doing what you are told


One’s personal responsible action or decision


Involvement, engagement, or dedication

As you lead others, you’ll discover different levels of followership. Your team will comply or follow what you tell them at the most basic level. Compliance is what leaders need for short-term, immediate tasks. If a job must be done right now and there is not a great need for team members to understand the reason for the study, then compliance is an acceptable approach. However, compliance is not particularly effective when a leader’s goal is to create initiative and high esteem within the team.

When leaders want to create dedication in their team, they strive to instill commitment. Commitment generally produces longer-lasting and broader results. Whereas compliance only affects followers’ behavior, faithfulness reaches deeper—changing attitudes, beliefs, and behavior.

For example, when leaders build a sense of responsibility among followers, they will likely demonstrate more initiative, personal involvement, and creativity. Committed team members want to have a sense of control and want to contribute to team efforts.

Note: There is a subtle difference between building responsibility and building a sense of responsibility. Creating a sense of responsibility acknowledges that the leader retains ultimate responsibility for task accomplishment while empowering subordinates with the authority to act.

JLBC Leadership Competencies

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