Globalization has created a culturally diverse and interconnected world. Individuals and organizations are faced with challenging demands and increased complexity. To make sense of and lead effectively in today’s’ world, individuals need to master core competencies, especially as they face collective challenges in multicultural teams and organizations.
A competency is more than knowledge and skills. It involves the character and ability to meet complex demands of a cultural reality[i] by drawing on and mobilizing a diversity of resources (including attitudes, emotional, relational, as well as knowledge and acquired skills).[ii] Today’s leaders need a wide range of core competencies to effectively face into the diverse and complex challenges of a global world.
I have begun a list of core competencies for leading effectively. They are divided into three components: a) personal competencies, b) relational competencies and c) missional competencies. What competencies you would add to or take away from the list. So far I have included:
Personal Competencies: help the person grow in character, in integrity and the image of God.
- Strong identity and self image
- Acceptance of oneself
- Ability to learn
Relational Competencies: advance awareness, sensitivity and communication skills that promote healthy relationships and unity between diverse cultures.
- Ability to listen
Missional Competencies: contribute to valued outcomes for individuals, ministries, teams and organizations in their particular cultural context.
- Ability to serve
What competencies would you add, delete or change? Make a comment.
[i] Cloud, Henry (2006). Integrity: The character to meet the demands of reality. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
[ii] Rychen, D.S and Salganik L.H. (2005). The definition and selection of key competencies: executive summary. Switzerland: Key DeSeCo Publications