Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) are the competencies required by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to apply for a Senior Executive Service job. The five ECQs are specifically chosen characteristics and attributes intended to showcase a candidate’s executive experience and nontechnical expertise. For a candidate to become a part of the Senior Executive Service, they must demonstrate their success through these five elements:
When you’re writing your ECQ about Leading Change, you must demonstrate how you brought innovation to the organization that you lead. Choose examples that highlight your creative thinking, strategic capability and resilience in the face of opposition or adversity. Six segments comprise the Leading Change ECQ:
As always, the most important thing about ECQs is clearly and thoroughly addressing the competencies within the different essays. But you also need a starting point, the beginning of a career story.
Here are some potential ideas and scenarios that others have used to write highly successful Leading Change narratives:
✓ Designing/implementing new, streamlined policies or business processes to align operations with strategic goals; institute a new mission, approach, or service.
✓ Developing a long-term vision and strategic plan that challenged conventional ways of thinking and addressed shifting requirements, such as economy and political environments.
✓ Standing up a new organization from scratch or changing/expanding a division or group that represents a new capability/service.
✓ Developing a new vision for an organization in disorder and shifting the culture and operations to a more positive environment, while overcoming resistance and using innovative approaches.
✓ Other situations in which your efforts brought about impactful change in support of strategic goals within and/or outside your organization.
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