Leadership Framework

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The Leadership Advisory Team proposed that a description of a UNCG leader be created. This description would serve as common language to discuss leadership education and development on campus. It is not meant to limit the description of a leader, rather to serve as a starting point of common ideas.

Self Awareness/Self Management

Self-Awareness entails the ability to become aware of one’s strengths, limitations, passions and values. It is also becoming aware of how one responds to different situations and how others respond to you.


Relationship/Group Development

Relationship Development is the ability to understand roles of self and others in a relationship. The relationship may be task-oriented or process-oriented. At a group level, there are ways individuals collaborate which enhance their own qualities and the qualities of others while impacting change. The competency of relationship/group development focuses on collaboration, division of labor among group members, conflict with civility, group facilitation, and negotiation.


Task Management

The ability to understand a task and be able to describe and enact the process and produce steps needed to carry it to completion. This competency focuses on the use of available resources, planning/coordinating, problem solving, organizational skills, multi-tasking, and decision making.


Creative Visioning

Creative visioning entails one’s ability to conceptualize and provide a vision for others. This competency emphasizes innovation, synthesis and evaluation of information, risk taking, problem solving, artistic expression, abstract thinking.


Effective Communication

This competency entails one’s ability to demonstrate effective communication skills through a variety of verbal and non-verbal mediums including: the ability to write and speak clearly, coherently and effectively as well as to adapt modes of communication to one’s audience; demonstrate effective writing of formal reports and business correspondence as well as informal notes; practice effective written communication skills.


Intercultural Knowledge

Understand the value of and work more productively because of a diverse group to include: different personality types, diversity of thought, culture, economic, gender, race, religion, physical or mental challenges, sexual orientation, and generational. This competency emphasizes empathy, sensitivity, understanding, appreciation, collaboration, and acceptance.


Community Engagement

Community Engagement speaks to one’s responsibility to connect/be involved with the greater community (Campus, Greensboro, World) by understanding community structures, demonstrating support for effective democracy, evaluating interactions between individual and society, as well as the understanding of institutions and social structures. At the community/society level, leadership activities can be directed to address social concerns. These activities can nurture individual qualities and group interactions.


Ethical Decision Making

Ethical Decisions emphasize one’s ability and willingness to think critically, analyze, and convey the ethical component of a problem or dilemma. This competency emphasizes congruence with personal values, moral character development, and personal innovation.