12 Core Competencies For Great Leadership

Lead Change Blog

At its root, leadership is a collection of competencies. This list outlines the most central of those competencies. With the right balance of internal and external leadership, you will be truly grounded in the core of leading.

Test Your Core Competencies


The harm comes from taking resources away from what their customers consider to be core offerings. Put your capabilities and core competencies to the test. The post Test Your Core Competencies appeared first on Elements of Leadership. by Gary Cohen.

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6 Core Competencies of Margin Managers

The Kini Group

The post 6 Core Competencies of Margin Managers appeared first on The Kini Group. All margin managers would like to consider themselves in the top 1% of their profession.

The Explainer: Core Competence

Harvard Business Review

What does your company do better than any other firm? Strategy Video

Defining Your Organization's Values and Core Competencies Will.

Michael VanBruaene

How P&G Turned Acquisition into a Core Competency

Harvard Business Review

Lafley , former chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble, led the company to think about fragrances in a new way and grew a successful new product line. He is the coauthor of the HBR Press book Playing to Win. Mergers & Acquisitions Procter & Gamble Product development

Stop This Terrible Habit You Don’t Even Know You Have

Let's Grow Leaders

It’s a Winning Well core competency taken to extremes. How do I know you have it? Because I have it too. Most high-performers do. It’s a sneaky little bugger, because on the surface it really feels like you’re doing the right thing. And on most levels you are.

The Five Reasons Strategies Fail

Six Disciplines

There is a poor match between the strategy and the core competencies of the organization (16 percent). In a survey of 163 CEOs by Forbes Insights in conjunction with the Association for Strategic Planning and the Council of Public Relations Firms, chief executives report that one-third of corporate strategies fail, and they fail for five reasons. The five reasons why strategies fail are: Unforeseen external circumstances (24 percent).

Delegation & Supervision: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Delegation & Supervision Brian Tracy AMACOM (2013) Absolutely essential core competencies for those who aspire to become great supervisors This is the latest volume added to The Brian Tracy Success Library. The others are Motivation and Negotiation, also published by AMACOM. Previously, Tracy has written one or more books on each of these and other […].

Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi on “The Coherence Premium”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries “The Core Competence of the Corporation” Booz & Company C.K. Here is an excerpt from an article written by Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi for Harvard Business Review and the HBR Blog Network. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * Sustainable, superior returns accrue […].

Peter Skarzynski and David Crosswhite: An interview by Bob Morris, Part Two

First Friday Book Synopsis

Prahalad CEO Magazine Chris Kearney Clay Christenson Connect and Develop Dov Seidman Ericsson Gary Hamel Gemini Consulting Henry Chesbrough Innovation to the Core ITC ITC Business Group LLC James Geurts James O''Toole Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Brand Judgment Calls Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University Lao-Tse Lehigh University Linda Yates MAC Group Magnus Karlsson Moises Norena Mondel?z Peter Skarzynski is a founder and Managing Partner of ITC Business Group, LLC.

Have You Found Your Passion that Pays?

Strategy Driven

To reach your full potential as a leader, you must understand your core competency and that of your firm. Core competency is what you do best and at what you’re most competitive. Your core competency is something you’d do even if you weren’t paid to do it.

What Kind of Innovator Are You?

Leading Blog

Their core competency is imagination. The Athlete The Athlete competes to develop the best innovation. They are the people who first develop the crucial competencies and capabilities that endure for years or even lifetimes.”

Beyond Core Competence

Harvard Business Review

But it got stuck in its core competence of traditional film products and missed the rise of digital photography and printing. Prahalad and Gary Hamel's HBR classic Core Competence of the Corporation made popular the notion that knowing and mastering core business factors can be leveraged across products and markets. Companies that are too obsessed with design competence could suffer, especially in the developing markets.

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 2/18/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS Success Under Stress: Powerful Tools for Staying Calm, Confident, and Productive When the Pressure’s On Sharon Melnick The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership Bill Walsh with Steve Jamison and Craig Walsh Who [.].

The Boss Gives A Leadership Lesson In Self-Awareness

N2Growth Blog

Consider your core competency — what you do for your job. Beyond competency consider how you interact with people. “I wanted to be a voice that reflected experience and the world I live in.

Brand Boring

Lead Change Blog

What unfolded during our conversation was a plan whereby their values, credo, code of conduct, and core competencies would converge into a leadership [.]. Posted in Leadership Development A prospective client asked to talk with me recently. (To To protect her identity, we’ll call her Lara.) Lara’s executives wanted to clarify and begin driving a leadership brand throughout the organization.

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Goodbye Change Management Hello Navigating Flux

Rapid BI

In this piece we will look at the The 3 new competencies of success in modern business and society. Business Change ambiguity Change management competency flux navigation minifig new core competenciesCan we really say Goodbye Change Management Hello Navigating Flux? In the last 10 years there has been a lot written and spoken about change and change management. The fact that change is here and here to […].

3 Strategies for Spectacular Leadership

Lead Change Blog

But in reality, there are three core competencies all leaders must have to be spectacular. Leading today isn’t easy. Changes abound. We work virtually. We work globally. Our hierarchies are flatter. Our environments are more collaborative.

What You Need To Know About Leadership Before You Begin To Lead

Joseph Lalonde

Especially when you feel you’ve built a strong team with core competencies. Leadership isn't for everyone Leadership is such a complicated idea. One we try to boil down to trite quotes and phrases. We’ve all heard “Leadership is influence. Plain and simple.”

Avoiding The Big Leadership Mistake (or, You Can Lead a Team To Water But You Can’t Make Them Drink)

Terry Starbucker

When I say hire better , it requires the belief that right hiring decisions go well beyond core competencies, into those personality intangibles. Some days it’s really hard to be an optimist. Especially on that day when the Big Leadership Mistake hits you.

How To Encourage Growth Under A Controlling Boss

Tanveer Naseer

Instead, our goal should be to know that we are valued contributors to our organization, that what we do matters and is making a difference , and that we have opportunities to learn and grow so we can continue to evolve and strengthen our core competencies going forward.

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World Innovation Forum - Clay Christensen

CEO Blog

One principle he calls scary is: "Focus on your core competency. Not Dell's core competence - so of course. What is not your core competency today can always be yours tomorrow. So I need to think about the future and what my core competency should be Today I am blogging live at World Innovation Forum (#WIF11). I have blogged before at this event. I love the stimulation I get from going to seminars like this.

How To Discover Your Organization’s Next Big Growth Opportunities

Tanveer Naseer

One of them is the ability to look at your organization not as a collection of business units but as a portfolio of embedded competencies and assets that can potentially be repurposed, redeployed, or recombined to create new value.

Simple Steps to Embrace Ambiguity and Lead Significant Change

Lead Change Blog

Yet, embracing ambiguity is a core competency required to enact significant change. “Let’s wait until we know the outcome of the executive meeting in two weeks.”. This is a common and logical statement many leaders make when considering actions and decisions.

Why Strategy Withstands the Test of Time

In the CEO Afterlife

Most of these opportunities fall outside of the core competency of the company and/or the positioning of the brand. Business Models Change and So do Core Competencies. Many, like Wal-Mart and Target, sourced the competency from 3 rd parties.

Beyond The Basics: The 10 Best Ways To Fine-Tune Your Leadership

Terry Starbucker

Hire on personality, not core competencies -Leaders are not genetic engineers, nor should they be.

Learning from the Innovation Leaders

Great Leadership By Dan

Consider how Walt Disney – or the folks from ESPN – leveraged core competencies and strategic assets to build global entertainment empires.

New eBook: How To Think Like A CEO


Defining the organization’s core competencies. Understanding how others think is critical to influencing them and getting results. It’s the key to persuading people and moving them to action. My new eBook, How To Think Like A CEO , helps you look inside the brain of your CEO. Doing so will help you take stock of your own professional strengths and weaknesses. I’ve been privileged in my career to work with dozens of CEOs.

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Why Vacations Are Critical For Successful Leadership

Tanveer Naseer

With the welcome arrival of the warm summer months, many of us – myself included – are eagerly making final plans for our vacation break and with it, some much needed time for rest and relaxation.

Engaging Your Workforce For Strategy Execution

Six Disciplines

Given that execution is a far greater challenge that strategy formulation, the ultimate core competency for any organization is realized when " all individuals make strategy execution their everyday job.". At Six Disciplines, our research has shown that the number #1 difference between the highest- and lowest-performing organizations is strength of leadership , based on the average of several factors.

Getting the Attacker’s Advantage

Leading Blog

Rao, who said, “Every bend in the road contains a message about a future growth trajectory that someone could explore and exploit if he or she looked at it through a different lens without being controlled by an existing core competency.”

The Difference Between Transformational and Operational Strategies

Six Disciplines

BOTTOMLINE: Companies should think about strategy in terms of what is possible for them - where their core competencies lie. According to the McKinsey article " Brilliant Strategy, But Can You Execute? ", there were two basic kinds of strategies: transformational and operational. A strategy is transformational when the company using it faces significant uncertainty, aims to change the game in the industry, and must address substantial customer, channel, or competitive challenges.

Planting Seeds For Your Organization’s Growth

Tanveer Naseer

But when it comes to planting the seeds for our organization’s growth, it’s vital that we look beyond the act of delegation in terms of mere tasks and instead, evaluate what opportunities we can provide to our employees that will help to stretch and grow their core competencies.

7 Leadership Pitfalls That Sabotage Company Growth

The Empowered Buisness

What % of your new business is coming from your core competencies? What % requires capabilities beyond your core? According to Bain, companies leave significant money on table because they are not fully leveraging their core. Core Values Without Success Measures.

Mission Statement Video


It provides the organization a way to stay focused on our core competencies and prevents us for being distracted by opportunities that do not fit our purpose. .

The Biggest Challenge In Business? I'ts Not What You Think

Six Disciplines

BOTTOMLINE: Building an organization that executes its strategy is the greatest core competence an organization can have -- and doing so is the greatest challenge in business. Think about it for a minute. what is the biggest challenge in business ?

6 Personal Branding Lessons Every Working Professional Can Learn from Trump and Clinton

Strategy Driven

What are your core competencies? A standout style (be it a brash Trump or competent Clinton) is a plus, but it will only take you so far.

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Leadership Development and Succession Planning: Critical New Wisdom

C-Level Strategies

I agree with Dan completely that, “It’s important to clearly define the critical leadership competencies that are required now and in the future in order for the business to succeed.”

Why Data Cloud Storage Improves Business Performance

Strategy Driven

Stay Focused on Core Competencies. In many ways, cloud storage takes some of the heavy lifting away from IT departments – and people tasked with this responsibility in SMEs – so the company can focus on its core operations.