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?
Dig deeper on this topic with the following resources:
- “The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World” | HBR article
- “Turning Potential into Success: The Missing Link in Leadership Development” | HBR article
- “Good Competencies, Bad Competencies” | Gallup article
- “Seven of the Top Leadership Skills for 2020” | Forbes article
- What It Takes to Be a Great Leader | TED Talk
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