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By Darryl Stewart

It’s about leadership – not technical expertise

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The majority of leaders are generally selected for a management position because they are perceived to be knowledgeable in their field and show intelligence in their actions.


Those who become great leaders have strong character (some call this integrity) and develop wisdom over time about people and life in general.

Those who become great leaders move away from being defined by narrow technical skill sets and towards a much broader understanding of how to help others perform at their best while improving their well-being.

And those who become great leaders understand that their leadership ability can be effective in any team situation. They no longer feel trapped by what their past technical experience is.

A leader’s job is the performance and well-being of others.

Organizations or individuals that judge others in leadership by their formal education or technical experience are just plain wrong.


IBEX will be taking a couple of weeks off from blogging starting next week, but we’ll be back in early January.

IBEX Payroll extends our profound respect and immeasurable gratitude to all the ancestors and keepers of the land on whose traditional territories our work takes place. We acknowledge that we are on Treaty 1 territory, the traditional gathering place of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota and Dene people and the traditional homeland of the Métis people. This land is sacred, historical, and significant. 

Every time we acknowledge this truth, we have an invitation and an opportunity to reflect on the wrongs of the past, what we do in the present, and what we can do to continually honour the people whose lands and water we benefit from today. 

This statement only acts as a first step in honouring the land we reside on and its peoples, and must be paired with education, understanding and informed action.