SES Executive Core Competencies

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Competencies listed under fundamental competencies and five core qualifications

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (reference below and link to the right) has identified 6 “Fundamental Competencies” and 23 others under the following five “Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)”:

  1. Leading Change: bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals
  2. Leading People: lead people toward meeting “the organization’s vision, mission, and goals
  3. Results Driven: meet organizational goals and customer expectations
  4. Business Acumen: manage human, financial, and information resources strategically
  5. Building Coalitions: build coalitions internally and with other agencies, state and local governments, organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations

These 29 core competencies are arrayed in the table below.

Fundamental Competencies

Interpersonal Skills – Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.

Oral Communication – Makes clear and convincing oral presentations. Listens effectively; clarifies information as needed.

Integrity/Honesty – Behaves in an honest, fair, and ethical manner. Shows consistency in words and actions. Models high standards of ethics.

Written Communication – Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience

Continual Learning – Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.

Public Service Motivation – Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs; aligns organizational objectives and practices with public interests.

ECQ1 Leading Change

Creativity and Innovation – Develops new insights into situations; questions conventional approaches; encourages new ideas and innovations; designs and implements new or cutting edge programs/processes.

External Awareness – Understands and keeps up-to-date on local, national, and international policies and trends that affect the organization and shape stakeholders’ views; is aware of the organization’s impact on the external environment.

Flexibility – Is open to change and new information; rapidly adapts to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.

Resilience – Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.

Strategic Thinking – Formulates objectives and priorities, and implements plans consistent with the long-term interests of the organization in a global environment. Capitalizes on opportunities and manages risks.

Vision – Takes a long-term view and builds a shared vision with others; acts as a catalyst for organizational change. Influences others to translate vision into action.

ECQ2 Leading People

Conflict Management – Encourages creative tension and differences of opinions. Anticipates and takes steps to prevent counter-productive confrontations. Manages and resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.

Leveraging Diversity – Fosters an inclusive workplace where diversity and individual differences are valued and leveraged to achieve the vision and mission of the organization.

Developing Others – Develops the ability of others to perform and contribute to the organization by providing ongoing feedback and by providing opportunities to learn through formal and informal methods.

Team Building – Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.

ECQ3 Results Driven

Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.

Customer Service – Anticipates and meets the needs of both internal and external customers. Delivers high-quality products and services; is committed to continuous improvement.

Decisiveness – Makes well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data are limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences; perceives the impact and implications of decisions.

Entrepreneurship – Positions the organization for future success by identifying new opportunities; builds the organization

Problem Solving – Identifies and analyzes problems; weighs relevance and accuracy of information; generates and evaluates alternative solutions; makes recommendations.

Technical Credibility – Understands and appropriately applies principles, procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise.

ECQ4 Business Acumen

Financial Management – Understands the organization’s financial processes. Prepares, justifies, and administers the program budget. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.

Human Capital Management – Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs. Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems. Manages a multi-sector workforce and a variety of work situations.

Technology Management – Keeps up-to-date on technological developments. Makes effective use of technology to achieve results. Ensures access to and security of technology systems.

ECQ5 Building Coalitions

Partnering – Develops networks and builds alliances; collaborates across boundaries to build strategic relationships and achieve common goals.

Political Savvy – Identifies the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Perceives organizational and political reality and acts accordingly.

Influencing/Negotiating – Persuades others; builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.

References

Office of Personnel Management (n.d.), Senior Executive Service Executive Core Qualifications, at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/#url=Overview, accessed 26 February 2020.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 26 February 2020.

Image: Office of Personnel Management (n.d.), Senior Executive Service Executive Core Qualifications, at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/#url=Overview, accessed 26 February 2020.