Leadership Competencies

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The market place is full of competency and behavioral assessments that assist leaders in discovering their core strengths.  Following are leadership competencies that are essential when leading others.

  • Social Intelligence – A working definition here includes sensitivity to social situations and the ability to function effectively in a wide variety of social situations. Leaders who are surrounded by a variety of people with diverse backgrounds and who manager to engage these people in conversation have this trait.
  • Interpersonal Skills – The phrase “soft skills” is representative of having interpersonal skills. Traits include active listening and public speaking skills.
  • Emotional Intelligence – Having emotional intelligence includes paying attention to nonverbal cues of others. Leaders who are adept at expressing emotions appropriately while paying attention to others are displaying EI.
  • Prudence – Prudence is being able to see others’ perspectives. It also involves being open to the points of view of others.  Requesting and considering the input of others demonstrates this trait.
  • Courage – When you are able to take calculated risks, stand up for your beliefs, and take action to do the right thing that is a demonstration of courage. Standing firm in your principles takes courage especially in the face of opposition or criticism.
  • Conflict Management – Solving inner or personal conflicts is equally as important as becoming involved with employees or managers in conflict. Working with those in conflict to develop collaborative and synergistic solutions is paramount.
  • Decision Making – Leaders understand when to make a decision, when to consult with the larger team, and when to bring others into the decision-making process. Perhaps the most crucial trait in decision making is the knowledge bred from experience as to when it is the right time to step back and let others decide.
  • Political Skills – An effective leader is a good political player, who understands the dynamics involved, and is able to put in place processes to keep the organizational dynamics stable.
  • Influence Skills – As a leader having mastery in terms of influencing others is necessary. The skills developed in the social and interpersonal areas serve leaders well in exercising this trait equitably.
  • Area Competence – In today’s business world team members may have more relevant knowledge and expertise than leaders. It is still important that as a leader you add to the competency level of the enterprise.

The list presented is far from exhaustive.  It also builds on having core soft skills in place. Which competencies are your strong suits? Which are the ones that can be improved upon? Lastly what would add or take away from the list? Need further clarity – contact me to discuss.

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