Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

The United States Institute of Leadership and Diplomacy is dedicated in offering a suite of programs designated to meet the professional training needs of U.S. federal managers and their military, corporate, and international counterparts.

The curricula for many of these programs incorporate the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and their associated core competencies. These five ECQs (Leading Change, Leading People, Results Driven, Business Acumen, and Building Coalitions) are the fundamental prerequisites for selection to, assessment of, and continued assignment within the Senior Executive Service.

The ECQs are crucial for senior executive positions like:

  • U.S. federal employees participating in a Senior Executive Services Candidate Development Program 

  • Current senior executives who desire to change jobs and need to readdress their ECQs or would like to demonstrate enhanced education in their annual performance assessment

  • Transitioning military personnel applying for federal positions

  • Corporate executives who work closely alongside and/or advise U.S. federal leaders

  • International elected or career civil service executives who want to sharpen a broad range of leadership competencies and would at the same time enjoy gaining a deeper appreciation for strategies for success in large bureaucracies with the U.S. political and civil service systems

  • Any person who, regardless of employment, will be applying for a Senior Executive Service position