Developing a diverse leadership bench that’s filled with the right (mid-level) leaders at all times is one of the top priorities for HR this year. In this article, we’ll share 15 key leadership competencies every HR professional should know and how to develop them within their workforce.

What are leadership competencies?

Leadership competencies are a specific combination of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) that represent effective leadership within an organization.

What we can deduct from this definition is that there isn’t one unique set of leadership competencies that works across all industries and companies. In fact, different leadership positions within a single organization may require different sets of knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Therefore, a lot of organizations work with a leadership competency framework, a collection of competencies they have identified as key for success and that’s relevant for their leaders and their organization