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Leadership Development Programs

Philosophy, Values, Competencies

CalHR has created a new Statewide Leadership Development Model that establishes a consistent and comprehensive framework for progressively developing state leaders.

Mandated Leadership Training and Development

In June, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 848 (Statues 2016, Chapter 35) which mandated additional training for newly appointed managers and career executive assignments (CEA), as well as continual leadership training and development for supervisors, managers, and CEAs. Training and development requirements can be found in GC §19995.4.

All leadership training, whether provided internally or outsourced, is designed to develop participant knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to demonstrate behaviors that support the philosophy, values and competencies of the Statewide Leadership Development Model. Leadership development programs should support the workforce and succession plans for each department.

Leadership Development Policy

Refer to the Online HR Manual for the latest policy information regarding leadership development.

Leadership Training and Development

Leadership - Self, Team, and Organization

All great leaders must start by developing themselves first and then leading others. A comprehensive supervisory training program sets the foundation. As responsibilities become greater in scope, such as providing leadership for a unit, division or department, leadership training programs emphasize good team leadership skills as well as those needed to lead an organization. The Leadership Competency Model lists these competencies, their definitions and behavioral indicators associated with different proficiency levels for each competency.

Leadership Competency Definitions (PDF)Leadership Competency Definitions - Plain Text (RTF)

​Lead Yourself

  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Fostering Diversity
  • Resilience
  • Stewardship

​Lead Your Team

  • Business Acumen
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Digital Fluency
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Talent Management

​Lead Your Organization

  • Adaptability
  • Customer Engagement
  • Innovative Mindset
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Results-Driven
  • Vision and Strategic Thinking
Core Competency Model

Lead yourself with core competencies

Core competencies can be used to develop all employees, including leaders. The first step to great leadership is learning to lead by example through building a higher level of proficiency and practicing core skills. The Core Competency Model lists these competencies, their definitions and behavioral indicators associated with different proficiency levels for each competency.

Core Competency Definitions (PDF)Core Competency Definitions - Plain Text (RTF)

  • ​Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Customer Engagement
  • ​Digital Fluency
  • Ethics and Integrity
  • Fostering Diversity
  • Innovative Mindset
  • ​Interpersonal Skills
  • Resilience

Leadership Competencies


Leadership Competency Model

Lead your team and your organization with leadership competencies

While these competencies are called out for leaders, they can be equally applicable to all employees. Learn to lead a team and an organization with increased competency proficiency. Leading your team and your organization are part of leadership as they require you to ensure organizational work is performed through others. The Leadership Competency Model lists these competencies, their definitions and behavioral indicators associated with different proficiency levels for each competency.

Leadership Competency Definitions (PDF)Leadership Competency Definitions - Plain Text (RTF)

  • ​Business Acumen
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Results-Driven
  • Stewardship
  • Talent Management
  • Vision and Strategic Thinking
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