Tippie Competency Model

The Tippie Competency Model is a collection of the skills mastered by the best of today's leaders.

This model is the foundation of the Tippie leadership program—a program including the hands-on leadership course, professional development plan, personal assessments, and more.


Skill Description Competency

Professional & Communication Skills

  • Career professionalism
  • Strong written/oral communication
  • Effective time/project management
  • Networking
  • Effectively uses interviewing skills
  • Creates/uses personal vision
  • Shows personal ethics/integrity
  • Prepares persuasive materials
  • Actively solicits and listens to ideas from others
  • Manages resources, time, money, and scope simultaneously
  • Organizes daily actions to align with goals
Assessed by: StrengthsFinder 2.0, Big Five, Emotional Intelligence Quotient


Demonstrates characteristics of a:

  • Strong team player
  • Effective team leader
  • Works with others to establish team roles and norms
  • Encourages input from others
  • Addresses problems by providing candid, timely feedback
  • Establishes credibility as leader
  • Motivates toward common goal
  • Models strong commitment to moral code
Assessed by: Peer Evaluations

Managing and Leading with Conviction

Shows ability to:

  • Serve as a role model
  • Motivate others
  • Empower followers to act
  • Make sound decisions in line with goals
  • Demonstrates ethics with a positive say/do ratio
  • Appeals to shared values to generate enthusiasm
  • Seeks challenging opportunities
  • Shares power to encourage others to take action
  • Communicates empathy and support of others
  • Distinguishes facts from inferences and hunches
  • Encourages task-oriented conflict
Assessed by: 360 Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)

Global and Strategic Perspective


  • Global perspective
  • Ability to think and act strategically
  • Can discuss and contribute beyond functional expertise
  • Understands how cultural, economic, legal, and political influences and differences impact decisions
  • Considers moral impact of his or her decisions on global society and environment
  • Communicates big picture
  • Balances big picture with day-to-day concerns
  • Prioritizes opportunities for advancing goals
  • Turns opportunity into action