Executive Leadership Competencies 

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Executive leadership competencies essential to managing an association 

A. Decision Making

  1. Manage roles between the chief staff executive and leadership to facilitate effective decision making.
  2. Ensure the creation of organizational performance metrics.
  3. Establish a culture of accountability.

B. Ethical Leadership

  1. Adhere to the ASAE Standards of Conduct to demonstrate transparency, professionalism, and integrity.
  2. Embody the highest ethical principles in behavior and decision making.
  3. Communicate the importance of ethical behavior and decision making throughout the organization.

C. Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

  1. Model an understanding and respect for a culture of inclusivity to enhance the daily work and sustainability of the organization.
  2. Proactively address the impact of changing demographic and cultural trends.
  3. Identify ways that conscious and unconscious biases may impact the organization.
  4. Align communications, programs, products, and services to reflect the organization’s diversity.
  5. Create policies in support of diversity and inclusiveness.

D. Adaptive Leadership

  1. Seek new perspectives and growth opportunities to increase effectiveness and build team capacity.
  2. Develop a diverse array of facilitation techniques and communication skills to stimulate creative thinking, ensure all voices are understood, and accomplish intended goals.
  3. Exercise effective and ethical negotiation skills to resolve conflicts and achieve consensus.
  4. Formulate a process to effectively navigate change and promote innovation.
  5. Cultivate relationships to advance the organization’s strategic objectives.
  6. Model self-care and wellness behaviors to encourage workforce satisfaction and productivity.
  7. Facilitate a culture of inquiry that assesses the impact of trends, future scenarios, challenges, and opportunities.

View entire content of knowledge competencies as outlined in the CAE exam.

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Archive: Art of Executive Leadership

The Art of Adaptive Leadership
Tuesday, November 2, 2021

James Whitfield
Co-Founder, Be Culture
Value: 2 CAE credits

Join James Whitfield, Co-Founder of Be Culture and co-designer of a Masters Degree in Adaptive Leadership for Executive and Civic Leaders to learn and practice advanced skills in:

1) Establishing effective conditions for exchanging differing perspectives

2) Observing and intervening to maximize the benefits of group dynamics.

3) Engaging disagreements and dissent in ways that increase team bonding and drive innovation.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Executive Leadership/Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Michelle Mills Clement, FASAE, CAE, RCE, 
CEO, Chicago Association of Realtors
Value: 2 CAE credits

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scenarios
Diversity Efforts Should Include White Employees

Michelle Mills Clement is the CEO of the Chicago Association of REALTORS®. An experienced association executive, she previously served as president and CEO of the Commercial Brokers Association (CBA) in Seattle, WA,  association executive for the Washington State Commercial Association of REALTORS®, and Executive Director of NAIOP Washington Chapter: The Commercial Real Estate Development Association. She is a Director on the board of the Association Forum, and a Fellow of ASAE: The Center for Association Excellence, an honor bestowed on less than 1% of the association’s membership. 

TEXT TO TABLE  We are four Black CEOs, joining together to reflect on today’s political climate, focusing on race within leadership. Our views are our own. Listen and learn, as we share our experiences and different walks through life as we process and respond to the events of Black Lives Matter, and what it means to be a Black person and CEO in 2020. (A conversation that’s long overdue, wouldn’t you agree?)  RECOMMENDED LISTENING

October 7, 2020
Executive Leadership/ETHICS
Jeffrey Wilcox, CFRE
CEO, Third Sector Company and Founder, Interim Executives Academy
Value: 2 CAE credits

Case Studies - Recommended Reading

As President and Chief Mission Advancement Officer of Third Sector Company, Jeffrey Wilcox leads one of the largest teams of professionals in the United States dedicated to the study, teaching, and practice of succession planning, interim executive leadership and chief executive performance advancement for the nonprofit sector.  Third Sector Company has bases of operations in Long Beach, Orange County, and Sacramento, California; Seattle, and Vancouver, British Columbia.