Leadership Competencies

Which 2 are your greatest strength?  Which 2 are your greatest weakness?


Leading Yourself:

  • Adaptability: Choose experiences that force you out of your routine or make you consider perspectives different from your own.
  • Self awareness: Seek experiences in which people more readily give you feedback because you are new to the work or are trying to change or improve a situation.
  • Managing yourself: Find chances to set priorities, manage stress and keep balanced amidst the pursuit of difficult goals.
  • Capacity to learn: Take on experiences that add diversity or require you to work in a completely different setting.
  • Leadership stature: Seek out experiences that you are attracted to and excited about taking on.
  • Drive and purpose: Find a way to play a key role in seeing that the organization achieves important outcomes.
  • Ethics and integrity: Commit to an experience in which having high-trust relationships is essential.

Leading Others:

  • Managing effective teams: Practice managing a wide variety of teams in a wide variety of contexts.
  • Building and maintaining relationships: Choose experiences in which you are working with others to create change.
  • Valuing diversity and difference: Seek out opportunities that expose you to the value of diversity and difference.
  • Developing others: Find situations in which you must motivate and develop employees to be successful.
  • Communicating effectively: Practice your communication skills with different audiences.

Leading the Organization:

  • Managing change: Choose experiences in which you are creating new directions or fixing problems.
  • Solving problems and making decisions: Find situations that require addressing ill-defined or recurring problems or making decisions that require broad input from across the organization.
  • Managing politics and influencing others: Take chances to work across organizational boundaries, exert influence without hierarchical power or engage in high-visibility work.
  • Taking risks and innovating: Search for experiences in which you and others are bringing fresh perspective to a situation or need to find new solutions to problems.
  • Setting vision and strategy: Work in situations that allow you to think about possible future scenarios and craft strategies for aligning people and systems to achieve long-term objectives.
  • Managing the work: Choose experiences that draw on managerial knowledge and expertise.
  • Enhancing business skills and knowledge: Find opportunities to be exposed to parts of the business with which you are less familiar.
  • Understanding and navigating the organization: Seek out ways to operate within broader strategic initiatives, competing priorities and a network of relationships.