10 Critical Abilities and Leadership Competencies

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Between our curriculum, collaborations with faculty and alumni, and experiential learning through internships and volunteer work, Sarah Lawrence College students leave the college as proof of the power of a liberal arts education. The following critical abilities and leadership competencies explain why our recent graduates not only find competitive positions but thrive.

1. Think analytically

Effectively identify greater issues within and outside the community and find meaningful approaches through strategic consideration and planning.

2. Express ideas through writing

Demonstrate professionalism, authenticity, and integrity through written exchanges and digital communication.

3. Express ideas through speaking

Articulate and discuss viewpoints, knowledge, and ideas through effective oral communication and openness to other voices.

4. Work independently

Understand the impact of individual contributions and actions on groups and the larger community.

5. Bring innovation to the work

Challenge oneself to unearth creativity and contribute new ideas to address complex problems and create positive change.

6. Accept and act on critique

Recognize strengths and areas for improvement, and strive for continuous growth by pursuing others’ feedback in personal and professional leadership development.

7. Exhibit consciousness of self

Assess and acknowledge one’s own strengths, perspectives, biases, values, and identities to engage with others in the community authentically.

8. Exhibit consciousness of others

Listen, gather ideas, and demonstrate care for others’ contributions while recognizing and considering others’ perspectives, identities, and values.

9. Demonstrate accountability to oneself and others

Exhibit integrity, honesty, trustworthiness and diligence by taking initiative, managing time effectively, and demonstrating responsibility to commitments.

10. Build and strengthen community through collaboration

Cultivate empowering connections, build relationships across networks, and work toward common goals in teams.