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The Core Competencies Employers Are Looking for In Their Leaders

31 Core Competencies of a Leader

By Nancy Thompson, Executive Director, AWENS – Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia  @nthompsonED

Are you aware, in Canada, 71% of employers agree they have a responsibility to provide career management programs for their employees, but only 29% provide the opportunity for their employees? (

With the current trend of the aging workforce retiring from senior level positions it is only right employers assume responsibility to provide career management programs. Leaders who are planning for the leadership gap are finding solutions and acting by providing leadership education and training. However, what training should they be providing to their employees who have the potential to move up the ladder?

In 2002, Workforce Magazine published the article, 31 Core Competencies. This article, according to the magazine, is still immensely popular in 2017 and described as being timeless.

The article speaks to the competencies many leaders are looking for in their senior managers: Competencies Dealing with People; Competencies Dealing with Business; and Self-Management Competencies. These competencies are the basic competencies of any management team, and can be learned through an education, training, coaching or mentoring program.

The foundation of the 31 Core Competencies requires management level employees to have the people skills to ensure they can develop and communicate goals, while motivating and fostering collaboration within their team and thereby creating business growth.

Within these 31 Core Competencies, organizational leaders are requiring their management team to have the following:

  • the skills required to gather information to resolve and manage a situation
  • the ability to self manage with confidence in a demanding situation
  • acquiring the knowledge and new skills to foster and develop confidence
  • ability to handle stress when working under pressure
  • development of communication skills and techniques to build strong teams

When it comes to the delivery of the 31 Core Competencies, AWENS membership of independent instructors have been delivering leadership programs within corporate, non-profit and government organizations for 17 years. They are leaders within their fields who transfer their knowledge and skills to the learners in their adult classroom.

If you are a leader looking to fill a leadership gap while preparing for the exit of senior level talent, you can begin by contacting AWENS. As a leading world class organization in Adult Education, AWENS approach is proven and successful.

Though only a few of the Core Competencies were outlined in this week’s blog, you can read the full article here – 31 Core Competencies.

Nancy Thompson is the Executive Director of AWENS – Association of Workplace Educators of Nova Scotia. She has worked across a wide range of industries and organizations within the business development, government, construction, corporate and non-profit sectors. As an experienced trainer and adult educator, Nancy’s passion is for promoting lifelong learning and helping people to grow both personally and professionally.

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