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Competencies of Working With Others



Influencing Others

  • Motivate others to achieve desired outcomes by directing, coaching, and delegating as the situation requires
  • Recognize the importance of building professional relationships
  • Develop networks of contacts and colleagues
  • Establish rapport with key players
  • Empower others by delegating power and responsibility and hold them accountable
  • Gain cooperation and commitment from others

Respect for Others and Diversity Management

  • Understand and support the Coast Guard’s commitment to respect for every individual in the workplace
  • Recognize and promote the value of diversity
  • Foster an environment that supports diverse individuals and perspectives, fairness, dignity, compassion, and creativity in the workplace

Looking out for Others

  • Recognize the needs and abilities of others, particularly subordinates
  • Ensure fair and equitable treatment
  • Provide opportunities for professional development
  • Recognize and reward performance
  • Support and assist others in professional and personal situations

Effective Communication

  • Learn to express facts and ideas succinctly and logically
  • Be an active and supportive listener
  • Encourage open exchange of ideas
  • Communicate face-to-face when possible
  • Write clearly and concisely
  • Speak effectively before an audience
  • Distinguish between personal and official communication situations and act accordingly

Group Dynamics

  • Build commitment, pride, team spirit, and strong relationships
  • Recognize and contribute to group efforts
  • Foster group identity and cooperation
  • Motivate and guide others toward goal accomplishment
  • Consider and respond to others’ needs and capabilities

Leadership Theory

  • Study and understand different leadership theories and styles
  • Work with subordinates to develop their leadership knowledge and skills
  • Adapt leadership approaches to meet varying situations including crises


  • Assist others in their development by sharing your experience and knowledge
  • Provide feedback to others on their leadership and career development
  • Help others identify professional goals, strengths, and areas for improvement