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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.

Leading Change

Creativity and Innovation External Awareness Flexibility & Resilience Strategic Thinking Vision

Leading People

Conflict Management Developing Others Leveraging Diversity Team Building

Results Driven

Accountability Customer Service Decisiveness Entrepreneurship Problem Solving
Technical Credibility

Business Acumen

Financial Management Human Capital Management Technology Management

Building Coalitions

Influencing/Negotiating Partnering Political Savvy

Fundamental Competencies

Continual Learning Integrity/Honesty Interpersonal Skills Oral Communications
Public Service Motivation Written Communication

AMA is one of the most widely recognized leaders in business training, having provided corporate training solutions for over 95 years. From leadership, communication and managerial training to sales, customer service and analytical skills, AMA has developed a vast array of content and training solutions to help individuals and organizations achieve business results . Each year, AMA delivers thousands of seminars and courses across the United States. With courses offered in a  classroom near you or live online, AMA is a flexible, convenient resource for all of your organization's talent development needs. AMA also offers customized solutions based on your specific talent development requirements.