Competence is possessing skill and knowledge that allows us to do something successfully. It also describes the ability to apply prior experience to new situations with good effect. Our competency usually increases over time as we acquire more information and ability through inquiry, observation, and participation.
When we feel competent, we can greet new environments with calm and confidence. Our competency helps those around us feel more comfortable and secure and it inspires them to seek knowledge and skill in their own domain.