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Leadership Award Competencies

All of the statements you write in submission will relate to how your responsibilities, trainings, and projects have contributed to your own development in five of these 10 competency areas.
 
Listed below are the competencies and the workshops we have organised to help you to develop in these competencies. New Workshops are being added every day so please keep an eye out for new sessions.
 
n.b. Submitting a statement for the "Leadership" competency is mandatory for this programme. All other listed competencies are optional, but you must choose at least 4 others

Leadership

There are many attributes, skills and characteristics associated with leadership and if you want to become a great leader, it’s one of the things that’s best learned through experience and taking on a leadership responsibility. Key characteristics you should be able to demonstrate include taking responsibility, co-ordinating and delegating, motivating others, setting targets, making decisions and developing teams.

Links to trainings focussing on Leadership: 

+ Programme Representative Training Public Speaking Training 

+ Leadership Award Debriefing Leadership Award Debriefing

Building Relationships

Being open to new ways of thinking; Having a client focus and understanding customer needs; treating people well. This can be demonstrated through networking and partnership working.

Links to trainings focusing on Building Relationships:

Listening Skills Workshop - Networking Skills -  Public Speaking TrainingListening Skills Workshop 

+ Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Commercial Awareness

If you want to get a job with a particular employer, or in a particular field, it’s crucial that you are able to show that you have an understanding of the key issues that affect their field and what are the current political, economic, social, technological, environmental and legal factors that might impact on it.

Links to trainings focusing on Commercial Awareness: 

Values and the Sustainable Development Goals - Commercial Awareness

+ Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Communication

Though you might take it for granted, in work settings there are different forms of communication that are appropriate at different times, and it’s valuable to understand them and reflect on whether our communications are having the desired effect. You may want to break this down into different subsets of skills, such as: written communication, interpersonal verbal communication, active listening, public speaking etc.

Links to trainings focusing on Communication: 

Listening Skills Workshop - Networking SkillsPublic Speaking TrainingListening Skills Workshop 

 

Student Leadership Conference + Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

 

Creative Problem-Solving

Analysing facts and circumstances to determine the cause of a problem and then identifying and implementing appropriate solutions using the resources available.

Links to trainings focusing on Problem-Solving: 

Listening Skills WorkshopCatch! - A game for forward thinkers -  Listening Skills Workshop 

 + Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Enterprise

An enterprising approach can be about starting a business, project or charity, or it can be about using your initiative to come up with a new way of doing things.

Links to trainings focusing on Enterprise: 

- Commercial Awareness -

 + Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Ethical Behaviour

Applying sustainable and safe solutions. Being transparent and following honest practices. This can be demonstrated through adherence to health and safety policies; behaving in accordance with personal and corporate values.

Links to trainings focusing on Ethical Behaviour: 

Catch! - A game for forward thinkers - Managing Safe Events Values and the Sustainable Development Goals 

+ Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Personal & Professional Development

Being able to self-manage and take personal responsibility for one's own future is one of the most valuable things we can do for our careers. Effective self-management and development relies on the following skills: taking responsibility, using initiative, resilience, assertiveness, time management and flexibility.

Links to trainings focusing on Personal & Professional Development: 

Values and the Sustainable Development Goals 

+ Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Planning and Organisation

How well do you make use of your time? Can you demonstrate that you have thought ahead about a range of possible outcomes and taken steps to ensure the right outcome? How do you schedule tasks to ensure you reach your goals?

Links to trainings focusing on Planning & Organisation: 

+ Managing Safe Events - Commercial Awareness

Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

Teamwork

How well can you demonstrate your commitment to achieving a shared goal as part of a team? Teamwork can be broken down into the following skills: co-operating; contributing ideas; persuading and negotiating.

Links to trainings focusing on Teamwork: 

Catch! - A game for forward thinkers -  

+ Leadership Award Debriefing & Leadership Award Debriefing

 

 

STAR Method

You should demonstrate each of your competencies by using examples of your own responsibilities, trainings, and activities, using the STAR Method - this applies both to written submissions and also to verbally spoken questions at interview.

The 4 stages of the STAR Method are as follows:

Situation

Task

Action

Result

For the Leadership Award, you will need to focus on gaining experience and skills in Leadership, plus at least 4 other competencies as listed above. Your Criteria Activities will ensure that you have the material required to complete STAR Method paragraphs for 5 competencies in your Leadership Award Submission

Download: Using the STAR Method for competency questions

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