The Definitive Leadership Competencies Guide was written over a period of two years. The first step was to determine which competencies would be included. We performed a literature review of approximately 30 leadership competencies models and referenced many research studies by leading journals and professional groups. Through our literature review we identified what we felt were the leadership competencies most universally referenced and selected them for final inclusion in The Definitive Leadership Competencies Guide.
After determining which leadership competencies would be included, we needed to identify which content and tools to build for each one. The seven tools that are provided were selected because of our belief in their key role in the individual leadership development process.
To build each of the tools another literature review was conducted and the combination of what we learned, combined with our own insights and experience, created the foundation for all of the content in The Definitive Leadership Competencies Guide. Our key was to give the content face validity and make it accurate, accessible, and actionable.
The writing progressed through four complete revisions. After the first draft was completed for each competency a second draft immediately followed where each tool was parsed, clarified, and simplified. Through the editing process a third and fourth draft were created, each adding improvements. Now, with 740 pages of total content, The Definitive Leadership Competencies Guide is the most complete resource of its kind.