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Leadership Competencies

Common competencies used in executive coaching sessions

Learn how to be a more effective leader by increasing your self-awareness. The competencies listed below are the primary leadership competencies I use in my coaching practice. I will help you identify which ones apply to you.


The ability to adjust to different conditions or circumstances and lead through ambiguous situations.

Attention to Detail

Thoroughness in accomplishing a task through concern for all the areas involved, no matter how small. Monitors and checks work or information and plans and organizes time and resources efficiently.

Building Effective Teams

Build high performing teams by assembling a group of talented individuals and unite them with the same vision and motivate them to bring that vision to life.

Business Acumen

Knowledge about key business issues, the skill to apply that knowledge, and the confidence to take action informed by past experiences. 

Caring Leadership

Concerned not only with their personal success but also with the well-being of their employees. Creates an environment where everyone feels valued, supported, appreciated, engaged in conversation, challenged as well as heard.

Collaboration & Teamwork

Works co-operatively with other individuals and makes valued contributions to the outputs of others to assist own team or project to achieve the required outputs without hidden agendas or politics.

Command Skills

Has a reputation for operating with wisdom, integrity, and sense such that others trust them to exercise good judgment and to lead the way.


Respectfully listens to others. Presents information in a clear and concise manner orally and in writing. Appropriately adapts their message, style, succinctness, and tone to accommodate a variety of audiences.

Customer Focus

Adopts a customer-first mindset and is able to achieve excellence in delivering the planned customer outcomes (internal or external) for the department and monitors the unit’s service delivery in order to achieve the desired outcomes.


Makes decisions quickly with the information they have. Draws upon their own experience with similar tasks, evaluates what might work best and makes the decision while taking responsibility for the result.


Leverages delegation as a tool for team development and visibility. Assigns tasks according to a logical approach and avoids micro-managing the tasks.

Developing Talent

Able to develop and coach others and constructively review the work of others to improve and advance the skills, knowledge and performance levels of those who report to them.

Drive for Results

Operates with personal ownership and looks for ways and means to improve performance all the time. Passionate about achieving higher results. Persists to complete responsibilities, even in the face of difficulties.

Energy & Enthusiasm

Displays energy and enthusiasm in approaching the job. Commits to putting in additional effort and maintains a high level of productivity and self-direction.

Financial Acumen

Able to plan the work unit’s budget and manage income and expenditure, through the responsible implementation of policies, practices, and decisions in order to achieve unit objectives effectively and efficiently.

Functional Expertise

Applies the technical knowledge and skills required in the specialist and professional job role and responsibilities in order to achieve the expected outputs.

Influencing Others

Able to transform and shape the opinions of others through transparency, impeccable communication, constructive feedback and emotional intelligence.

Inspirational Leadership

Identifies ways to enhance the potential of their team and finds ways to lead in a way that works for each member of their organization. Inspires others to push themselves, achieve more, and reach that potential.

Interpersonal Skills

Is aware of their tone and they are careful with their choice of words, while at the same time ensuring that the intended message is clear, polite, and readily understood.

Poise & Presence

Poised during all types of situations and they emanate a presence that is genuinely approachable, confident, and trustworthy. People want to listen to them, and their messages resonate with meaning.

Setting Direction

Sets clear expectations for their team and assists with the prioritization of work to maximize the effectiveness of the organization.

Problem Solving

Skilled at problem-solving issues that arise on the job and helps identify step-by-step solutions. Resolves obstacles with their team and external teams alike.


Invests time to build fruitful relationships at various levels in the organization. Leverage these relationships to further the cause, keep others informed, and effectively exchange ideas.

Strategy & Vision

Considers a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others. Acts as a catalyst for innovation and organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

Next Steps

Let’s schedule some time to discuss which competencies apply to you, and to leverage that information to increase your effectiveness as a leader.