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Core Leadership Competencies: Which Do You Possess?

Which competencies are needed for successful leadership? Here is one model

Source | | Ronald E Riggio Ph.D. | Cutting-Edge Leadership

There are a number of competency models that are used to guide leadership development efforts in businesses, in nonprofit organizations, and in colleges and universities. Most of these models focus on 3 categories of leader competencies: Leading self, or personal leadership, interpersonal leadership, and leading teams and organizations. Different competencies are required for the different forms/levels of leadership, but all are necessary for effective leadership. See how you measure up, and which areas might you want to target for development?

Self/Personal Leadership

These competencies include:

• Developing a Personal Mission or Sense of Purpose. This helps in providing motivation to lead and personal direction.

• Strong and Positive Character. Ethical and responsible leadership at the personal level is character-driven.

• Self-Awareness. A prerequisite for developing as a leader is to be self-aware – to have a deep understanding of oneself, and your strengths and shortcomings.

Interpersonal Leadership

• Effective Communication Skills. This is the foundation for all leadership – above all, leaders are good communicators, both verbally and emotionally.

• Relationship Building and Maintenance Skills. These include empowering and developing others (i.e., developing followers into leaders), conflict management, and fostering cooperation.

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