Competence is the capacity to integrate knowledge, experience, and contextual factors in order to function smoothly and effectively in the real world.
Competent followers start by doing their homework. They become intentional students of the organization, literate in the organization's mission and objectives, and very aware of the CO's philosophy and leadership style.
Because they anticipate problems and questions, they acquire all the information their superior requires to make well-informed decisions. In fact, they routinely go above and beyond minimum expectations in this regard. They are proactive in seeking opportunities for enhancing job knowledge and practical competence.
From: Becoming A Leader The Annapolis Way