10 Competencies for Managers

The market place is full of competency and behavioral assessments that assist managers in discovering their core strengths.  The list below is a sampling.  On review which competencies are your strong suits?  From that, which are the ones that can be improved upon?  Lastly what would add or take away from the list?

  1. Action Oriented
  • Hard work is enjoyed;
  • Action oriented and full of energy for the things you see as challenging;
  • Acting with a minimum of planning is common;
  • Seizing more opportunities than others is customary for you.
  1. Dealing With Ambiguity
  • You can effectively cope with change;
  • Shifting gears frequently is comfortably;
  • Making a decision and acing without having the total picture is usual for you;
  • Leaving things incomplete before moving one is not unusual;
  • Comfortably managing risk and uncertainty is commonplace.
  1. Approachability
  • Typically you are easy to approach and talk with;
  • Extra effort is taken to put others at ease; c
  • Generally gracious and patient with the interpersonal anxieties of others;
  • Known for building rapport well.
  1. Business Acumen
  • Knows and understands how businesses work;
  • Has knowledge regarding current and possible future policies, practices, trends, and information affecting the business;
  • Has an accurate knowledge of the competition;
  • Has the ability to deploy strategies and tactics that work in the marketplace.
  1. Genuine Compassion
  • Cares about direct reports and has an interest in the work and non-work lives of direct reports;
  • Maintains sufficient information and knowledge about their concerns and questions to bring about change;
  • Monitors workloads and appreciates extra effort.
  1. Comfort Around Executives
  • Is comfortable in dealing with and addressing more senior managers;
  • Presenting to upper managers is done without undue tension and nervousness;
  • Understands how senior managers think and work;
  • Developed ability to determine the best way to get things done by speaking the language of the higher ups and responding to their needs.
  1. Command Skills
  • Relishes leading and takes unpopular stands if necessary;
  • Encouraging direct and tough debate but isn’t afraid to end and move on;
  • Provides and is looked to for direction in a crisis;
  • Faces adversity head on and is energized by tough challenges.
  1. Composure
  • Is cool under pressure and does not become defensive or irritated when times are tough;
  • Mature and can be counted on to hold things together during tough times;
  • Is not knocked off balance by the unexpected;
  • Does not show frustration when resisted or blocked;
  • Known to be a settling influence in a crisis.
  1. Managerial Courage
  • Says what needs to be said;
  • Provides current, direct, complete, and “actionable” positive and corrective feedback to others;
  • Let’s people know where they stand;
  • Faces up to people problems on any person or situation quickly and directly;
  • Is able to take negative action when necessary.
  1. Managing and Measuring Work
  • Clearly assigns responsibility for tasks and decisions;
  • Sets clear objectives and measures;
  • Monitors process, progress, and results;
  • Designs appropriate feedback loops into work.


Marie-Helene Sakowski, Business Consultant SME’s, info@effectiveplacement.com