The Key leadership competency profile

The Clerk of the Privy Council approved a new Key Leadership Competency profile for federal public service executives and senior leaders in . The Key Leadership Competency profile is aligned with the Clerk’s vision for a public service that is collaborative, innovative, streamlined, high performing, adaptable and diverse. It reflects the complexity and challenge of federal public service leadership roles. The new profile continues to underscore the classic leadership competencies of creating vision and strategy, mobilizing people, upholding integrity and respect, and achieving results. Two competencies, promoting innovation and guiding change, and collaborating with partners and stakeholders which are essential in the current context, are also part of the profile.

The Key Leadership Competencies serve as the basis for selection, learning and development, performance and talent management of executives and other senior leaders. They are a mandatory component of the Executive (EX) Group Qualification Standard and the Directive on the Performance Management Program for Executives. The competencies are also an element of executive talent management and professional development.

The Key Leadership Competencies may serve as a tool to identify learning and development needs for career planning and as the basis for selection for managers, supervisors and employees.

The Key leadership competency profile contains:

  • A preamble that sets out the fundamental expectations of leadership within the federal public service context
  • Six competencies and accompanying definitions

The profile is complemented by examples of effective behaviours for specific leadership roles (Deputy Minister, Assistant Deputy Minister, Director General and Director), and generic ineffective behaviours for each competency for all roles. Examples of effective behaviours for the Manager and Supervisor roles are included however there is no policy requirement for supervisors and managers to be assessed on the demonstration of the KLCs. Employees and aspiring executives may wish to refer to the KLCs as a tool to identify their learning and development needs and to inform career planning.

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