Leadership Certificate Competencies

Cornell Engineering Leaders who complete the Certification Program demonstrate Knowledge, Insight, Ability, and Courage.

In addition, they have practiced each of the following skills.



Skill or behavior:

  • Articulates a moral code and relates code to actions & choices*
  • Articulates and leverages unique strengths
  • Demonstrates emotional and social intelligence
  • Demonstrates resilience and perseverance
  • Grounds actions in personal core values
  • Holds self accountable
  • Learns from failure
  • Manages derailing tendencies and personality characteristics
  • Recognizes the need for lifelong learning and sets developmental goals for the self*



Skill or behavior:

  • Appropriately manages interpersonal conflict and uses task conflict to improve outcomes
  • Balances leadership and active followership
  • Contributes to a positive and productive team culture
  • Demonstrates exemplary collaborative communication and listening skills
  • Gives and receives feedback effectively
  • Holds peers accountable
  • Identifies and respects others’ core values and strengths
  • Establishes positive and productive professional relationships
  • Works effectively in functionally and demographically diverse teams*


*Indicates that the skill meets an ABET criteria for student outcomes.



Skill or behavior:

  • Adapts leadership style to the skills and motivation of the team
  • Aligns personal and professional purpose with action
  • Celebrates individual and team accomplishments
  • Creates an environment that encourages innovation
  • Holds the team accountable
  • Inspires and communicates a shared vision
  • Inspires and informs through excellent oral and written communication*
  • Is aware of impact on others and broader consequences of behaviors and decisions*
  • Leads others to identify and solve problems*
  • Models personal professional ethical responsibility*
  • Seeks and incorporates feedback
  • Sets goals, motivates action, coordinates efforts
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making



  • Conscientious: Pays care and attention to work.  Organized and dependable.
  • Basic project management: creating a timeline, setting goals and milestones, budgeting, reporting
  • Delivers on commitments
  • Enacts best practices in brainstorming and organizational decision-making
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Grows and leverages a professional network
  • Maintains a professional appearance
  • Manages time effectively and is punctual
  • Sets specific, measurable, actionable, realistic, time-bound goals
  • Flexible; adapts successfully to changing situations and environments.