More Safety Leadership Traits
Leaders must have credibility
- Understand and appropriately apply procedures, requirements, regulations and policies related to areas of expertise.
Leaders must possess external awareness
- Able to identify and remain up-to-date on key national and internal policies and economic and political and social trends that are critical to the "teachings" of the organization.
Leaders are politically savvy
- Ability to identify the internal and external politics that impact the USGS and formulate appropriate approaches to each problem situation.
Leaders must possess effective interpersonal skills.
- Consider and respond to the needs, feelings and capabilities of different people in different situations.
- Effectively communicate to all levels: managers, peers, and employees.
- Exercise effective listening skills, clarifying information as needed and facilitate an open exchange of ideas.
- Have the ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing-make clear, factual and organized verbal and written presentations to a variety of audiences.
Leaders must have the ability to consistently develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.
- Encourage and facilitate cooperation within their team environments and throughout the organization.
- Be able to build networks and alliances, engage in cross-functional activities and collaborate across boundaries; honor commitments, gain cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.
- Able to manage conflicts effectively.
- Respectfully confront issues and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner to minimize negative impact.
Leaders must value continual learning.
- Have the ability to grasp the essence of new information, master new technical and business knowledge, recognize own strengths and weaknesses and pursue self-development.
Leaders must instill mutual trust and confidence.
- Create a culture that fosters high standards of ethics.
- Hold himself/herself accountable and reliable to ensure that projects within areas of responsibility are completed in a timely manner.
- Be open to feedback from others and use this feedback to make corrective changes as appropriate.
- Must be flexible and open to change.
- Have the ability to adapt behaviors and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions or unexpected obstacles.
Leaders must be resilient.
- Deal effectively with pressure, maintaining focus and intensity, and remain optimistic and persistent even under adversity.
Problem Solving/Critical Thinking:
Leaders must have the ability to identify and analyze problems.
- Distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information to make logical decisions.
- Able to exercise good judgment by making timely and effective, well-informed decisions.
- Anticipate the impact and implications of their decisions.
- Apply creative solutions based on new insights to make organizational improvements.
- Able to deeply question and investigate the reasoning and logic of ideas and approaches.
Leaders must encourage thought-provoking curiosity, creativity, and analysis.
Strategic Thinking and Direction Setting
Leaders must demonstrate the ability to take a long-term view and act as a catalyst for innovative organization changes.
- Build a shared vision with others.
- Influence others to translate vision into action.
- Determine objectives and set priorities.
- Anticipate issues and opportunities.
Leaders must have the ability to create and sustain a team culture that encourages others to provide the quality of service essential to high performance.
- Enable others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well.
- Influence others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to accomplish mission.
- Balance interests of a variety of clients.
- Anticipate and meet the needs of clients.
- Achieve quality end-products and be committed to continuous improvement of services.
Leaders must acquire and administer human, financial, material, and information resources in a manner that instills public trust and accomplishes the USGS mission, and use new technology to enhance decision making.
- Assure that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of their charge.
- By applying merit principles, hold self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities.
- Ensure that projects are completed in a timely manner and within budget.
- Monitor and evaluate plans, focus on results and measurements.
- Manage financial resources and budgetary processes with efficient and cost-effective approaches.
- Ensure that team members are appropriately selected, developed, utilized, rewarded and recognized as well as take corrective action appropriately.
- Value cultural diversity and other individual differences in the workforce.
- Ensure people are treated fairly and equitably.
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