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How to Use Competency Models to Develop Leaders in the Workplace

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Can you develop leaders in the workplace in much the same manner as you can professional athletes? Ponder this…

“Leaders aren’t born; they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” ~ Vince Lombardi

Turns out, legendary football player, coach, and former NFL executive Vince Lombardi was right. Though many of us applaud inspiring leaders with a claim that they are “born leaders,” the truth is more mundane. People become great leaders over time, by cultivating a mix of skills, behaviors, and experiences that position that individual as the right leader for the right situation at the right time. 

Are you creating a leadership development program at your organization? A leadership competency framework tailored to the needs of your organization can be incredibly effective as you characterize what it will take to lead your organization through its next growth stage. The right leadership competency models, effectively implemented, will help you effectively develop leaders in the workplace.

Talent Identification and Selection

What’s next for your organization? Are you thinking about expanding a product or service? Moving into a new market? Do you plan to grow through acquisition? Does your organization need to re-think what’s next after several years of stagnant growth? Are you facing a wave of retirement in your workforce? Need to embrace new technologies?

Your company’s strategic goals have everything to do with finding and developing leaders who can take you there. As this HR Daily Advisor article reminds us, “only loosely relating [your competency model] to the organization’s strategic objectives” will result in suboptimal results. 

Your leadership competency framework captures the specific skills, behaviors, knowledge, and experience you need in your next leader. Use it to hire and promote the candidates who are best aligned with your strategic goals and objectives.

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