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.

Competencies – are they dead? Or are we ignoring the true 3 core competencies?

Rapid BI

Competencies – are they dead? Are competencies and how HR (and managers/ professional bodies) often relate to them irrelevant in today’s business world? Do we actively ignore true core competencies? The post Competencies – are they dead?

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

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.


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The ability to pivot quickly, profoundly, and effectively might be the most important core competency for individuals and organizations to acquire with hope to prosper in the new economy," says Cragun. Books Business Coaching Current Affairs Failure Leadership Memes Safety & Security Skills Success Tips What is Work life core competency organizations shock waves

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 One

First Friday Book Synopsis

z SPX Corporation Steve Denning Strategic Innovation: Embedding Innovation as a Core Competency in Your Organization Strategies Tao Te Chin The Ducker Foundation the ideology of comfort and the tyranny of custom The Innovator''s Field Guide: Market Tested Methods and Frameworks to Help You Meet Your Innovation Challenges the Wall-Street Journal Tom Davenport Tom Kinisky U.S. Peter Skarzynski is a founder and Managing Partner of ITC Business Group, LLC.

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 [.].

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Do Customers Even Care about Your Core Competence?

Harvard Business Review

Prahalad , the guru of “ core competence ,” doing a strategy audit for a huge Indian conglomerate. It needs to shed a few divisions and find and focus on an integrative core competence. “Actually,” the CEO responded, “we do have a core competence that unites us: we’re very, very good at winning government contracts.” The customer is the ultimate beneficiary of these enhanced core competencies—not the driver or determinant.

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 […].

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

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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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.”

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Before You Tackle Your Next Upgrade, Make Sure You’ve Got Your Fundamentals In Place

First Friday Book Synopsis

One “synonym” of such basics is “Core Competencies.” From Wikipedia: A core competency is [.]. Starting points; basics; fundamentals… If you don’t start well, you’ll have real trouble ending up well. If you don’t get the basics right, then you’ll have real trouble moving beyond the basics effectively. There is a long, long list of basics. Randy's blog entries

Conflict Without Casualties

Lead Change Blog

Learn how to detect and decode drama in yourself and others, three core competencies for compassionate accountability, and the formula for compassionate conflict. ?.

LeadershipNow 140: September 2018 Compilation

Leading Blog

Tips to Spotlight Millennial Leadership Talents, Core Competencies & Passions by @DanitaBye. Here are a selection of tweets from September 2018 that you might have missed: Empathy and creative thinking are valuable skills in the workplace, but they’re hard to teach by @Lyndagratton Frustrated or Focused - Leadership Tips for Managing Emotions by @davidmdye. 5 Excellent Ways You Can Crush Negative Thoughts by @LaRaeQuy.

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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.

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.

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.

Highlighting Our October Sponsor: Next Element

Lead Change Blog

Here is additional detail about their areas of work: Next Element’s Core Values. While we are excited about Next Element’s products, we also sense a strong alignment with their core values: Compassionate Accountability , including creating environments of safety, curiosity, and consistency.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

‘You Can’t Handle the Truth!’

Lead Change Blog

It’s clear that truth telling is not a core competency for today’s organizations, based on our research and studies like the Edelman Trust Barometer. Or, can you? The headline is arguably the most memorable line in the 1992 movie, A Few Good Men. The line by Jack Nicholson’s character echoes what we’ve found is a common blind spot among today’s leaders: An openness to hearing the truth.

Kraft-Heinz Merger. Déjà Vu all over Again.

In the CEO Afterlife

” In the interest of shareholder value, Kraft will not abandon its core competency — and that’s no longer food, it’s mergers and acquisitions. * * *. Kraft is a rather interesting case in shareholder value.

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.”

Leap: How to Thrive in a World Where Everything Can Be Copied

Leading Blog

Protecting a business begin first by knowing its foundational or core knowledge. In other words, core competencies turned into core rigidities, preventing the firm from responding appropriately to the strategic threat Yamaha posed.”.

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.

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Hiring And The Peter Principle: Square Pegs Really Don’t Fit Into Round Holes

Terry Starbucker

Now, 30 years on from that all-important 1 st lesson I have realized something else – right hiring decisions go beyond core competencies.

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3 Strategies to Prepare Your Millennials for Their Leadership Roles

Leading Blog

Maximize Collaboration by Aligning Core Purpose. I was inspired when I first learned about the process, Life’s Core Purpose, developed by Jeff Pelletier. And, is there something I care deeply about all the time at a core level?”

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.”

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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How To Build Accountability Into Your Organization

Six Disciplines

Understand your company''s core competencies. Many of the top-performing organizations we work with every day - have expressed a real need to build accountability into their organization. Take a quick minute – and consider the following key questions: Does each of your team members understand exactly what they are responsible for? Does your leadership team set consistent expectations for accountability? Do your new team members know exactly what’s expected of them – Day 1?

The Power of Walking-Around Management

First Friday Book Synopsis

“Walking around management” is one of several core competencies that are featured in Tom Peters and Bob Waterman’s business classic, In Search of Excellence: Lessons from America’s Best-Run Companies, published by Harper & Row (1986).

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Pass Judgment

Leading Blog

We were shocked to find example after example of teams who not only were better than us but also made us look like amateurs in some areas, including some that we considered core competencies. P OLITE SOCIETY teaches us that passing judgment isn’t nice.

Transcending Skill (A Mastering Leadership Excerpt)

Lead Change Blog

Masterful leadership is Conscious Competence. The outer game of leadership consists of using all of our knowledge and experience, as well as our technical, managerial, and leadership competence, to accomplish results. Great leadership transcends skill, capability, and competence.

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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.

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.