First Command Leadership Competencies

Assessing People

  • Is an accurate judge of talent
  • Can articulate the strengths and limitations of people after reasonable interaction
  • Can accurately project what people are likely to do across a range of situations
  • Acquires the right people for the job
  • Identifies poor performance and takes appropriate actions

Leading Change

  • Applies a formal change process which includes strategies to build commitment, review and communicate progress, and ensures results
  • Incorporates a systematic approach that aligns surrounding processes to ensure full implementation
  • Designs rewards, measures, information flow and training to support the change process

Creating Effective Teams

  • Sets clear expectations
  • Provides context so that their team understands where it fits into the organization's goals and vision
  • Inspires team members to be committed to the mission and desired outcomes
  • Creates an environment of empowerment
  • Mixes people into their teams when necessary
  • Fosters strong team morale
  • Openly shares information, knowledge and expertise with the team and co-workers
  • Leverages diversity, including opinions, experience, and perspective to get the job done most effectively.

Developing Employees

  • Delegates assignments and decisions in a manner that develops others
  • Provides clear, timely and actionable feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Fosters an environment where learning and growing are encouraged and nurtured
  • Collaborates with employees to construct compelling development plans and support their implementations
  • Aligns development plans with each direct reports

Leading Through Vision and Purpose

  • Builds a shared vision with others
  • Influences others to translate that vision into purpose and action
  • Takes a long range view and communicates a compelling vision as the catalyst for change
  • Aligns organizational systems and strengths to achieve the vision

Modeling Courage

  • Will stand up and be counted
  • Does not avoid personal responsibility
  • Is willing to be the only sponsor for an idea or position
  • Is comfortable working independently on a challenging assignment
  • Holds people accountable
  • Is willing to confront conflicts
  • Embraces and supports leadership decisions once they have been made

Implementing Strategy

  • Adjusts and adapts strategic direction effectively 
  • Anticipates future trends accurately
  • Has broad knowledge and perspective
  • Articulates credible pictures and visions of possibilities and probabilities
  • Makes effective decisions in a timely manner
  • Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities and uses that information to make strategic decisions.