Leadership Competencies


What are the behaviors and skills that drive superior employee performance? The answer is leadership competencies. For the U.S. government, the Office of Personnel Management defines 28 leadership competencies plus proficiencies – or mastery levels – within each competency. So why is this important? Because these are the qualities that make you stand out as a leader and drive organizational success.

The Learning Upshot

After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:

  • Identify the 28 competencies of a successful leader
  • Comprehend how proficiency levels encourage personal development
  • Recognize the connection between competency-based leadership and organizational success

Explore OPM’s Leadership Competencies

Make It Actionable

Now it’s time to personalize it. Give this concept some momentum in the workplace and your own life by completing the following activity.

Reflect on your own or discuss with others:

  • How do OPM’s leadership competencies compliment the notion that “every employee is a leader”?
  • How do the proficiency levels for each competency promote personal development and self-evolution?
  • How are the leadership competencies interconnected and reliant upon each other?
  • How does competency-based leadership contribute to organizational success?
  • If you had the opportunity, what changes, if any, would you recommend to the list of OPM leadership competencies?

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