Leadership Competencies

The student leadership competencies framework was designed by Dr. Corey Seemiller to help better prepare students for their future careers.  Many employers expect students to have these competencies, or skills, by the time they graduate from college.  She created these so students can be prepared and have employable life and career skills immediately upon graduation. 

There are 8 different categories for the 60 competencies:

                        -Learning and Reasoning

                        -Self-awareness and Development

                        -Interpersonal Interaction

                        -Group Dynamics

                        -Civic Responsibility


                        -Strategic Planning

                        -Personal Behavior


Click on the categories below to see the individual competencies you can learn!

How can leadership competencies help me in the future?

A recent survey showed that only 7% of Fortune 500 CEOs believe their companies are developing effective leaders.  That said, employers expect you to already have leadership skills upon employment.  That’s where leadership competencies help.  They are a toolbox.  Each one can be used to help develop a specific area of personal development and leadership.  They are life skills that can be used at school, work, and in relationships. 

Learning and Reasoning

  • Research
  • Other Perspectives
  • Reflection and Application
  • Systems Thinking
  • Analysis
  • Synthesis
  • Evaluation
  • Idea Generation
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making

Self-Awareness and Development

  • Self-Understanding
  • Personal Values
  • Personal Contributions
  • Scope of Competence
  • Receving Feedback
  • Self-Development

Interpersonal Interaction

  • Productive Relationships
  • Appropriate Interaction
  • Helping Others
  • Empathy
  • Mentoring
  • Motivation
  • Others' Contributions
  • Empowerment
  • Providing Feedback
  • Supervision
  • Collaboration

Group Dynamics

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Power Dynamics
  • Group Development
  • Creating Change

Civic Responsibility

  • Diversity
  • Others' Circumstances
  • Inclusion
  • Social Justice
  • Social Responsibility
  • Service


  • Verbal Communication
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Listening
  • Writing
  • Facilitation
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • Advocating for a Point of View

Strategic Planning

  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Goals
  • Plan
  • Organization

Personal Behavior

  • Initiative
  • Functioning Independently
  • Follow-Through
  • Responsibility for Personal Behavior
  • Ethics
  • Responding to Ambiguity
  • Responding to Change
  • Resiliency
  • Positive Attitude
  • Confidence
  • Excellence