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Select Strategically-Aligned Leadership Competencies

Increase leadership capabilities by selecting brand-aligned competencies and developing to them.

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  • Jeff Appelquist, Founder and President, Blue Knight Leadership
  • Sara Andrews, HR Business Partner, Saffron Building Society
  • Nancy Davis, HR Director, IFDS Group
  • Beth Haley, Consultant, E Haley Inc.
  • Aimee Hansen, Performance Consultant, HR, Blue Cross Learning Institute
  • Kim Kochurka, Director, HR, Blue Cross Learning Institute
  • Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge, Executive Fellow of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business - Santa Clara University
  • Dave Logan, Co-Founder and Senior Partner of CultureSync, co-author of Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
  • Ken Mihelich, Director of Management and Budget, City of Joliet
  • Tracy Patterson, Director, Evaluation Center, Center for Creative Leadership
  • Davida Sharpe, Director, Program and Services Design, Global Product Development, Center for Creative Leadership

Your Challenge

  • Developing leaders has been the #1 organizational priority for three years running according to our HR Trends and Priority survey.
  • Leadership development has taken top spot because good leaders have a significant impact on agility, employee attraction and retention, organizational alignment, and financial performance. Further, current leadership development efforts are widely seen as ineffective.
  • Establishing formal leadership competencies is the first step in both understanding what your organization needs and closing leadership gaps.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Leadership competencies should be easy to understand, develop and implement. They should guide all leaders with the not only what to do, but how and why to do it!Many experts agree that the majority of leadership competencies will be roughly the same across industries and organizations.
  • McLean & Company’s seven strategic leadership competencies have been developed from a future forward perspective aligned with general business deliverables so ensure measurability and accountability for the program and from leaders.
  • Since organizations are unique and differ from each other, we do not advocate a “cookie cutter” approach. Your organizational strategic imperatives will determine which competencies from our framework will best drive and support your future goals.

Impact and Result

  • Competencies lay a foundation for leadership performance expectations-setting, measurement, and development investment.

Research & Tools

1. Prepare for project launch

Isolate strategic business imperatives and conduct a culture review.

2. Establish leadership competencies

Select and modify leadership competencies to reflect organizational goals and culture.

3. Deploy and integrate leadership competencies

Manage stakeholder expectations and the budget for future phases.

4. Craft competency descriptions

Determine proficiency levels for each competency, by tier.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a three call advisory process.

Call #1 - Make the case & prepare for project launch

Our advisers will review your kickoff meeting plan and ensure that you are on track to move to the next step.

Call #2 - Select leadership competencies

We will discuss how your goals map to McLean & Company’s seven leadership competencies, and how to modify chosen competency descriptions to reflect your goals and culture.

Call #3 - Craft competency descriptions

Discuss McLean & Company’s approach to describing leadership competency expectations (i.e. by leadership level, as opposed to proficiency level). Learn how to modify behavior-based descriptions to reflect your goals and culture.

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Module 1: Select strategically-aligned leadership competencies

The Purpose

  • Select strategically-aligned leadership competencies.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Strategically-aligned behavior from leaders at all levels in the organization




Brainstorm “What are leadership competencies?”

  • Understanding of what leadership competencies are and are not.

Create a steering committee.

  • Steering committee identified. List of roles and responsibilities.

Map your strategic goals to the leadership competencies.

  • Strategically-aligned leadership competencies.

Modify the competency descriptions to reflect your organization.

  • Tailored competency descriptions.

Module 2: Define and deploy leadership competencies

The Purpose

  • Document behavior expectations to ensure leaders demonstrate competencies as intended
  • Build and deploy a communication strategy to garner buy-in and motivate action.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Understand your audience and their needs.
  • Document the who, what, and where of program maintenance.




Write up behavior expectations to ensure leaders demonstrate competencies as intended.

  • Leadership competencies defined down to the proficiency level for each level of management.

Draft administration guidelines.

  • Completed Leadership Competencies Administration Guidelines template.

Search Code: 74469
Published: March 17, 2014
Last Revised: March 17, 2014