Core Leader Competencies
Competencies provide a clear and consistent way
of conveying expectations for Army leaders. Current and future leaders want to
know what to do to succeed in their leadership responsibilities. The core leader
competencies apply across all levels of the organization, across leader
positions, and throughout careers. Competencies are demonstrated through
behaviors that can be readily observed and assessed by a spectrum of leaders and
followers: superiors, subordinates, peers, and mentors. This makes them a good
basis for leader development and focused multi-source assessment and feedback.
The chart below identifies the core leader competencies and their subsets.
Leader competencies improve over extended
periods. Leaders acquire the basic competencies at the direct leadership level.
As the leader moves to organizational and strategic level positions, the
competencies provide the basis for leading through change. Leaders continuously
refine and extend the ability to perform these competencies proficiently and
learn to apply them to increasingly complex situations.
These competencies are developed, sustained,
and improved by performing one’s assigned tasks and missions. Leaders do not
wait until combat deployments to develop their leader competencies. They use
every peacetime training opportunity to assess and improve their ability to lead
Soldiers. Civilian leaders also use every opportunity to improve.
To improve their proficiency, Army leaders can
take advantage of chances to learn and gain experience in the leader
competencies. They should look for new learning opportunities, ask questions,
seek training opportunities, and request performance critiques. This lifelong
approach to learning ensures leaders remain viable as a professional corps.
Source: FM 6-22, Army Leadership (Competent,
Confident and Agile) October 2006