Leadership competencies include the development of self and others and the ability to demonstrate and elicit accountability, which increases efficiency thereby allowing resources to be more profitably allocated.

Leadership is a process that is at least partially related to the acquisition of skills. A skilled manager will perform better than an average manager in adapting to new leadership situations, even in the absence of natural talent. Furthermore, a manager with both talent and skill will outperform a manager with talent and undeveloped skills.

Leadership skills are identifiable and transferable. Practical leadership skills in each of the following four areas can be effectively elicited through behavioral modeling.

Relational Skills have to do with the ability to understand, motivate, and communicate with other people. Facility with these skills results in the ability to enter another person's model of the world, to get them to recognize problems and objectives, and to understand the problem-frame within which they and the company are operating.

System Thinking Skills enable the leader to identify and comprehend the problem frame in which the leader, his or her subordinates, and the company are operating. The ability to think systemically in a practical and concrete way is probably the most definitive sign of maturity in a leader. System Thinking is at the root of effective strategy formulation and the ability to create functional teams and other systems. An example of System Thinking is the ability to recognize multi-level processes and double-binds.

Self Skills have to do with how the leader deploys him or herself in a particular situation. Self-skills allow the leader to choose or engineer the most appropriate state, attitude, criteria, strategy, etc. with which to enter a situation. In a way, Self Skills are the processes by which the leader leads her or himself.

Instrumental Skills are typically specific to a particular content area. They tend to produce technical competence in achieving specific objectives (for instance, a strategy for using spreadsheets, making financial projections, computer models, etc.).

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