Professional & Organizational Development


Competencies are skills or behaviors that are essential for success in specific roles. Professional & Organizational Development has identified the following competencies for UW staff and leaders. Competencies are mapped to POD offerings and are clustered in five areas of excellence: individual, interpersonal, operational, leadership, and organizational.

  • Accountability and integrity
  • Building effective teams
  • Change and resilience
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Conflict management
  • Customer focus
  • Developing employees
  • Hiring and staffing
  • Information and technology
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Managing and measuring work
  • Organizational acumen
  • Planning and prioritization
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Process and project management
  • Race, equity, and difference
  • Self-awareness
  • Speaking and presenting
  • Strategic ability
  • UW policies and systems
  • Written communications

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Make sure to save POD’s Guide to Workplace Competencies (PDF) so you can easily identify courses, services, and resources that relate to competencies you wish to develop.

Competency Spotlight: Race, equity, and difference

Because we all must take responsibility for recognizing our own biases and improving our university culture.

Improve your ability to recognize and confront bias, demonstrate respect for all individuals, work effectively in a diverse workforce, and support or implement policies that sustain diversity and equity.

Related offerings

Explore our current offerings that will help you develop the competency race, equity, and difference:

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