Organizational leaders must acquire and retain top talent for their companies to flourish. To find the brightest and the best people to lead them, companies are turning to new resources, methods, and professionals inside and outside of their organizations to enhance their leadership identification processes. The use of competency models aids in understanding the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for success in positions of increasing responsibility. Leadership competencies also help guide the development of high-performing managers within a company by helping them to understand what they must do to sustain their high achievement in future leadership roles. This study examined the role of competency application by successful male and female executives in the credit union industry in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. The study also examined whether high-performing executives of both genders apply the same competencies identified with success at the executive level, or if they apply different sets of competencies to achieve success in their careers.
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