It is required by law that the qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) be certified by an independent Qualifications Review Board based on criteria established by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) describe the leadership skills needed to succeed in the SES. This includes a set of 28 competencies, grouped into five clusters based on similarities of importance and content. AMA offers specific recommendations for training that can help candidates acquire the skills needed to satisfy the ECQ competency requirements.
Creativity and Innovation • External Awareness • Flexibility & Resilience • Strategic Thinking • Vision
Creativity and Innovation
Flexibility & Resilience
Conflict Management • Developing Others • Leveraging Diversity • Team Building
Accountability • Customer Service • Decisiveness • Entrepreneurship • Problem Solving
• Technical Credibility
Financial Management • Human Capital Management • Technology Management
Human Capital Management
Influencing/Negotiating • Partnering • Political Savvy
Continual Learning • Integrity/Honesty • Interpersonal Skills • Oral Communications
• Public Service Motivation • Written Communication