State-of-Mind as the master competency for high-performance leadership

Craig Polsfuss, Alexandre Ardichvili

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Many well known leadership development approaches are based on models, consisting of behavioral or cognitive competencies or skills, such as decision-making, organization, delegating, interpersonal communication, influencing others, building talent, and so forth. This paper explores the question, "Is there a master competency that is the executor of all other competencies?" and purports that what is described as "State-of- Mind" is, in fact, that master competency. As such, it does not replace or negate the importance of the behavioral and/or cognitive competencies, but rather enhances the understanding of such competencies and the ability to utilize them more effectively. The paper describes a State-of-Mind - based competency model and its practical applications in leadership development and training, and concludes with implications for practice of O.D..

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-33
Number of pages11
JournalOrganization Development Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009


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