A study by the United States Office of Personnel Management identified four core qualities that they say you should look for in the selection of any senior executives. How do you think you would measure up to their criteria? Lets’ find out.
On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “never true about you” and 5 being “always true about you,” rank your own leadership behavior. Not what you think is true, but what you know is true as seen by your behaviors and by their results. Then, if you dare, ask someone who knows you very well, to rank you. The four core qualities as identified by the OPM are as follows:
Interpersonal skills: Do I treat others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect? Do I consider and respond appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations?
Communication skills: Do I write and speak in a clear, concise, organized and convincing manner for the intended audience? Do I listen effectively, clarifying information when needed?
Demonstrated integrity: Do I behave in an honest, fair, and ethical manner? Do I show consistency in words and actions?
Continual learning: Do I assess and recognize my own strengths and weaknesses? Do I pursue self-development?