Strong Leaders

The KIPP School Leadership Competency Model serves as the framework that guides all leadership training at KIPP.

KIPP Leadership Competency Model


We look for candidates that demonstrate these competencies, as follows:


Sets high expectations for, works effectively and builds strong relationships with, keeps commitments to, and prioritizes the needs of educationally disadvantaged students.


Decision making
Makes decisions in a timely manner and in the face of ambiguity. Considers consequences of decisions, willingly stands by difficult decisions, and communicates about decisions.

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Effectively organizes and analyzes information and anticipates challenges or new information to solve problems. Integrates and acts upon new information quickly, and is comfortable thinking about details and the big picture.

Continuous Learning
Constantly seeks opportunities to learn and improve, making use of successes, failures, and data in order to learn and improve. Willing to take calculated risks in order to learn and improve.

Achievement Orientation
Sets challenging goals, takes initiative, follows through to get results. Demonstrates resilience and flexibility. Has a consistent history of personal success and achieving excellence.

Planning and Execution
Manages time and resources effectively, prioritizing efforts according to organizational goals. Regularly compares actual progress to planned milestones and adjusts plans accordingly, holding him- or herself and others accountable for achieving intended outcomes.


Stakeholder Management
Develops strong, trusting, respectful relationships with others. Demonstrates honesty and integrity.

Listens, writes, and speaks effectively.

Impact and Influence
Adapts style and makes a compelling and persuasive case, as necessary. Motivates others to action and builds coalitions to achieve goals.

Identifies strengths and weaknesses, is aware of the perceptions of others, and adjusts accordingly. Is open to feedback, works to improve upon weaknesses, shows balance of confidence vs. humility, and behaves professionally.

Cultural Competence
Is knowledgeable and respectful of the cultures of communities served. Adjusts behavior according to cultural norms and cues.




Establishes, articulates, and aligns the organization’s mission, vision, values, and goals. Inspires and gains the commitment of others to achieve organizational goals.

Team Leadership
Works in a team environment, encourages initiative in others, and manages conflict.

Performance Management
Delegates tasks to appropriate individuals or groups. Promotes collaboration among team members. Models and encourages others to manage conflict openly and productively.

Talent Development
Recruits and selects highly effective staff. Creates developmental opportunities for staff to be more effective in their roles and progress toward career goals.



Instructional Leadership
Establishes an academic vision for the school. Supports instructional improvements by observing, coaching, and modeling.

Operational Management
Effectively secures and manages resources, makes sound financial decisions, builds and sustains a viable organization, before continually develops the board.

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