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 Competency Guide (PDF)  so you can easily identify courses, services, and resources that relate to competencies you wish to develop. Our Annual Class Schedule may also help with your planning.

Competency Spotlight: Race, equity, and difference

Demonstrate respect for all individuals and work effectively in a diverse workforce

Hallmarks of this competency include recognizing your own biases, confronting others’ biases, supporting equitable treatment and opportunities for all, and transforming institutional policies and practices to support and sustain diversity and equity.

Related offerings:

Explore upcoming offerings to help you develop your comepetence in relation to race, equity, and difference:

Current courses:

In addition, The Learning Lab includes content on cross-cultural communication, cross-cultural leadership, embracing diversity, and related topics.