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Coast Guard Leadership Competencies
Leadership competencies are measurable patterns of behavior essential to
leading. The Coast Guard has identified 21 competencies consistent with
our missions, work force, and core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion
Outlining our leadership competencies will help Team Coast Guard become
familiar with these important concepts. Expectations of performance based
on the competencies will be published in the future. Performance
expectations are the leadership knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities
individuals should possess at various levels. The competencies and
expectations will be integral parts of our Leadership Development Program,
the ultimate goal of which is enhanced mission performance.
The competencies generally fall into three broad categories: SELF,
WORKING WITH OTHERS, and PERFORMANCE, although some
competencies overlap categories. Together, these leadership competencies
are keys to success. Developing them in all Coast Guard people will
promote the continuous improvement necessary for the Coast Guard to
provide valued service to the public and remain SEMPER PARATUS.
Self--Fundamental to successful development as a leader is an
understanding of self and one's own abilities, including personality,
values, preferences, and potential as a Coast Guard member.
Working with Others--Leadership involves working with and influencing
others to achieve common goals. Coast Guard people interact with
others in many ways, whether as supervisor, mentor, manager, team
member, team leader, peer, or subordinate. Positive professional
relationships provide a foundation for the success of our Service.
Performance--Coast Guard people constantly face challenges in mission
operations. To meet these challenges, leaders must apply leadership
competencies in their daily duties.
Descriptions of the 21 competencies shown within the categories of Self,
Working With Others, and Performance are shown on the next three pages.