Core Qualities

A study by the United States Office of Personnel Management identified several core qualities they look for in the selection of senior executives.  If you don’t know where else to start in the development of your own selection criteria, you may want to try these.  They are:

Interpersonal Skills:  Does this person treat others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect?  Does this person consider and respond appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations?

Communication Skills:  Does this person write and speak in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience?  Does this person listen effectively, clarifying information when needed?

Demonstrated Integrity:  Does this person behave in an honest, fair, and ethical manner.  Does this person show consistency in words and actions?

Continual Learning:  Does this person assess and recognize his or her own strengths and weaknesses?  Does this person pursue self-development?