I recently came across this list of essential competences for leaders. It was shared with me by my boss, Shaun Nelms. It comes from the research on what it takes to effectively turn around a school or school system. I thought it was incredibly clear and worth passing along.
Driving for Results — the turnaround leader’s strong desire to achieve outstanding results and the task-oriented actions required for success.
Influencing for Results — motivating others and influencing their thinking and be- havior to obtain results. Turnaround leaders cannot accomplish change alone, but instead must rely on the work of others.
Problem-Solving — including analysis of data to inform decisions, making clear, logical plans that people can follow, and ensuring a strong connection between school learning goals and classroom activity.
Showing Confidence to Lead — staying visibly focused, committed, and self- assured despite the barrage of personal and professional attacks common during turnarounds.
(Source: Public Impact. (2008). School turnaround leaders: Competencies for success.)
If you make these competencies a central focus of your leadership, you will definitely be One Grip Higher.