Competency Assessment for Responsible Leadership
The survey builds on Anna Liechti’s meta study of all literature on responsible leadership and associated surveys and identified five competency dimensions (stakeholders relations, ethics & values, self-awareness, systems understanding, and change & innovation) across three degrees of mastery (knowing, doing and being), as described below:
Liechti as a result of her work suggested the following definition of responsible leadership:
“A responsible leader possesses an advanced understanding of the interdependencies of the system and the own person, is recognized through an ethical and values-based attitude, is able to build long-term relations in particular with stakeholders and to take into account their needs, and advances change towards sustainable development” (Liechti, 2014)
After two years of testing in a graduate class of the University of St. Gallen and a further improved version with all level executives at Swisscom, a major Swiss telecom provider, we have further improved Liechti’s work by summarizing existing survey and meta study insights into three competencies across these 15 fields (five competency dimensions across three competency levels), resulting in 45 distinctive responsible leadership competencies that could be measured and assessed (see below for details).