Leadership Competencies

At LEAD we believe that leadership is something that can be learned and developed over time. Leadership is a function of specific intra- and interpersonal skills that are accessible to everyone, not only a select few. The perceptions, behaviors, and skills that individuals integrate to motivate others to action play a critical role in the success or failure of new ventures, projects, and goals. In order to master these skills, individuals must view them as competencies—behaviors that require careful reflection, evaluation, and practice. The following is a list of the five core competencies that we believe are the most important for every student’s success, both in the classroom and beyond.

Adaptability | Demonstrating flexibility in the face of today's state of constant change. Adaptability reflects mental agility and a comfort level with ambiguity. People with this attribute are capable of effective problem solving and exploration of various alternative scenarios.

Cultural Competence | Understanding how to interact with different cultural norms and functions within the organization and around the globe that enable one to work cross-culturally.


Intellectual Competence | Demonstrating a hunger for knowledge that fuels ever-higher levels of learning and performance. It reflects people who strive for measurable growth, and are willing to risk and experiment in order to come up with creative new solutions to problems.

Empathy | Understanding others' priorities and perspectives. People with empathy are engaged in active listening and focusing on reflective responses that clarify and strengthen dialogue. They are able to effectively interpret others' viewpoints, and integrate these insights into more effective approaches for problem solving and need fulfillment.

Agility | Encompasses all four competencies above. It reflects a holistic, multi-dimensional, analytical approach to problem solving. Agile thinkers are able to convert information into insights, considering potential relationships between disparate points and engaging in sense-making by "connecting the dots".

For a more comprehensive list of GT Leadership Competencies and Attributes