ECQ Leadership Data Dictionary


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The Office of Personnel Management surveyed leaders in the public and private sectors to define and describe the characteristics needed to build a federal corporate culture that drives for results, serves customers, and builds successful teams and coalitions within and outside the organization. The knowledge, skills, abilities, and behaviors (KSABs) in the dictionary are described at field, team lead, supervisory, and manager/executive levels. This provides a potential pathway to assessing gaining KSABs to help individuals advance in their career.

The KSABs are grouped into leadership competencies and then more broadly separated into 5 “buckets” or core competencies (ECQs): Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, and Building coalitions.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ) Data Dictionary includes:

  • Chart: A complete table showing the relationship of ECQs, leadership competencies and fundamental competencies
  • Definition: OPM definitions of the competency and ECQ group to which it belongs
  • Importance: Description of the value of the competency to the government
  • Element List: KSABs associated with the competency broken out to show how they relate
  • Developmental Description: Specific descriptions of how the KSABs manifest at different career levels from all employee to team lead, supervisor, manager, and executive.

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