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The ability to actively champion or influence an idea or position when needed; demonstrate support for faculty, staff, and organizational interests.

*This competency is part of the Management and Leadership Competencies at UF


Behavior Statements

Proficiency Level 1 - Basic understanding

Provides examples of how leaders signal their goals, intentions, and attitudes through behavior.

Advocates on behalf of the team within the company as a whole.

Champions value of teams in accomplishing organizational goals.

Champions best practices for aligning goals with organizational strategy.

Champions staff development programs and initiatives in general.

Proficiency Level 2 - Working experience

Demonstrates leadership qualities: intelligence, dominance, persistence, integrity, confidence.

Manages own behaviors during interactions, such as feedback giving, to shape workplace events.

Utilizes positive reinforcement to motivate & attain desired behaviors; increases productivity.

Advocates for continuous improvement in systems, methods, and technology for goals programs.

Champions behaviors that move the organization to reach the leader's vision.

Proficiency Level 3 - Extensive experience

Initiates structure: role clarification, setting standards, holding subordinates accountable, etc.

Translates vision into specific functional or departmental initiatives.

Employs various group decision-making methods depending on the situation.

Promotes efficacy through monitoring, coaching & motivating subordinates, intervention, etc.

Advocates the application and implementation of best practices across all product lines.

Proficiency Level 4 - Subject matter depth and breadth

Coaches others in leadership concepts and techniques, such as contingency & transactional.

Champions behaviors that inspire cohesiveness and move the organization to reach a vision.

Advocates a win-win approach to negotiating.

Champions information transparency to ensure fair access to intellectual capital.

Champions importance of building commitment and allocating resources to make change happen.

Champions new initiatives within and beyond scope of position.

Interview Questions

  • How do you make sure that all of your team members are clear on the goals of the team and their individual roles in achieving that goal?
  • Were you ever personal friends with someone you had to lead or manage? How did you balance personal and professional relationships with that employee?
  • Tell me about a difficult choice you had to make as a leader. How did you come to your decision, and how did you defend it in the face of opposition (if any)?
  • How did you advocate the mission and vision of the department throughout the organization/system?

Titles with Shared Competencies