Key leadership competencies

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The Clerk of the Privy Council recently approved a new Key Leadership Competency profile for executives and senior leaders in the public service. The new Key Leadership Competency profile, which is the result of an extensive renewal and consultation effort, is aligned with the Clerk’s vision for a public service that is collaborative, innovative, streamlined, high performing, adaptable and diverse. This new competency profile reflects the complexity and challenge of federal public service leadership roles.

The new Key Leadership Competency profile will continue to serve as the basis for selection, learning and development, performance and talent management of executives and other senior leaders. The implementation of the new key leadership competencies begins immediately and will continue over the next 18 months.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on the New Key Leadership Competency profile (2015)

In 2005, the Government announced a Key Leadership Competency profile that outlines the leadership skills, abilities and characteristics and behaviors that are needed by managers at all levels to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

In 2008, the Employee level of the Key Leadership Competency profile was developed to identify effective leadership behaviors for employees without any supervisory or managerial responsibilities. The profile supports employee learning and development by listing competencies that help focus discussions on performance, learning needs and career plans.

In 2015, following extensive consultations, a new Key Leadership Competency profile was announced. The new Key Leadership Competency profile continues to serve as the basis for selection, learning and development, performance and talent management of executives and other senior leaders. For managers, supervisors and employees, the new Key Leadership Competency profile serves as a tool to identify learning and development needs for future career planning.

The key leadership competencies describe leadership expectations within the federal public service context. They are a component of the EX qualification standard. Assessment against the competencies is a mandatory requirement of executive selection and of the performance management program for executives. The competencies are also an element of talent management, leadership development programs, and assessment services offered by the Public Service Commission.

The key leadership competencies (2005) contain

  • a model comprised of four competencies and accompanying definitions (common to all management levels)
  • specific effective behaviours for each competency for each of the levels in the profile (DM, ADM, DG, Director, Manager, Supervisor and Employee)
  • generic ineffective behaviours for each competency for all levels in the continuum

The new Key Leadership Competency profile (2015) contains

  • a preamble that sets out the fundamental expectations of leadership within the federal public service context
  • six competencies and accompanying definitions (common to all leadership levels)
  • specific effective behaviours for each level in the profile (DM, ADM, DG, Director, Manager, Supervisor and Employee), and generic ineffective behaviours for each competency for all levels - under development.

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