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Engagement

Communication

  

Collaboration

  

Leadership

Engaging in dialogue that leads to productive outcomes and points of connection by effectively articulating one’s self to individuals within and outside of one’s industry or area of expertise. Developing authentic and mutually beneficial relationships by valuing everyone and taking responsibility for one’s role within a team. Being able to recognize, respect, develop and capitalize on the unique strengths of individuals from all backgrounds and being an active member in a group that achieves a shared vision.
 Level of Proficiency  Description
Awareness
theoretical knowledge
• Recognizes the benefits and limitations of different communication methods
• Understands the importance of listening and composing clear messages that include providing ideas and supporting information suitable to different audiences and purposes
Basic
limited experience
• Verifies understanding of others’ perspectives and considers impact of different communication methods
• Tailors communication to audience without losing sight of intended outcome
Intermediate
practical application
• Uses appropriate and emerging communication methods that foster dialogue and productive outcomes
• Adapts messages, supporting information, and materials to others’ learning styles, languages, cultural backgrounds, and levels of understanding
Advanced
extensive experience and application
• Creates comprehensive communication plans resulting in productive outcomes and points of connection
• Anticipates others’ reactions and prepares for questions and counter-arguments when presenting complex or sensitive information within and outside of one’s industry or area of expertise
Expert
recognized for mastery and attainment in all areas
• Models inclusive communication and assists others in developing strategic communication plans
• Seeks continual feedback to verify effectiveness and areas for improvement without being defensive

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Leadership

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