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Level 4 Leadership Competencies DIR, DCOS, DCAPT, DSO

Director, District Chief of Staff, District Captain, District Staff Officer

Fundamental to successful development as a leader is an understanding of self and one’s own abilities. This includes understanding one’s personality, values, and preferences, while simultaneously recognizing one’s potential as a member of the Coast Guard team. Personal conduct, health and well-being, character, technical proficiency, lifelong learning, followership, and organizational commitment are elements to consider when setting short and long-term goals focused upon the leadership development of “self.”

Leadership involves working with and influencing others to achieve common goals and to foster a positive workplace climate. Auxiliarists interact with others in many ways, whether as supervisor, mentor, manager, team member, team leader, peer or worker. Positive professional relationships provide a foundation for the success of our Service. Showing respect for others, using effective communications, influencing others, working in teams, and taking care of one’s people are elements to consider when evaluating one’s capacity for leading others. Developing these qualities will increase capacity to serve.

Members of the Coast Guard team constantly face challenges in mission operations. To meet these challenges, leaders must apply performance competencies to their daily duties. Performance competencies include developing a vision, managing conflict, quality and daily management of projects, appraising performance, problem solving, creativity, innovation, decision making, and customer focus. Having these competencies enables each leader—and the Service—to perform to the utmost in any situation.

Methods for Gaining and Demonstrating Competence

Auxiliarists are a diverse group. Some have extensive civilian leadership training and experience. Others have had more limited opportunities. To ensure success the Auxiliary needs capable leaders at all levels in the organization. The above sections define the minimum expectations for leaders at each level in the Auxiliary. This section identifies the intended performance level targets for each of the major Auxiliary leadership training courses.

In addition to Auxiliary training courses, there are other resources available to Auxiliarists. Check with your Member Training Staff Officer for available sources.

Many Districts publish District Policy Manuals. Auxiliary members at all levels are encouraged to utilize these resources.

The section below describes the specific leadership/management courses intended for each level and the minimum performance level targets for each of these in terms of the 28 leadership competencies expected of graduates of these courses. Three target performance levels are included:

1. Awareness: The Auxiliarist is aware of the concept and can define its meaning.
2. Application: The Auxiliarist is capable of applying the concepts and principles of the leadership competency in his/her customary work environment (e.g., at the Flotilla, Division, District, or National Levels).
3. Overall responsibility: The Auxiliarist has awareness, application skills, and overall responsibility for ensuring that members in their care have sufficient training and skills.

In the descriptions below, these three levels (awareness, application, overall responsibility) are denoted 1, 2, and 3 respectively.

Level Four (DIR, DCOS, DCAPT, DSO)
Auxiliarists at level four have had the opportunity to complete all courses for level three leadership: the Basic Qualification Course (BQC) and (in many cases) the Auxiliary Procedures Course (APC), the Auxiliary Leadership and Management School (AUXLAMS), the Flotilla Commanders Academy (FCA), and the Auxiliary Mid-Level Officer Course (AMLOC).

Additionally, they should have completed the Auxiliary Upper Level Officer Course (AULOC). This course is specifically designed for level four leaders. The responsibilities
at level four change quite a bit from level three leadership competencies. This course focuses on the District Captains, National Directors and District Staff Officers and their attainment of “3s” in Accountability and Responsibility, Effective Communications, Conflict Management and Process Improvement. The course will also prepare the level four leaders with more advanced Team Building skills to enhance their District and Department projects. This enables the leaders to not only apply these competencies in their world of work, but to also be responsible to ensure that the members in their care have the proper training in these areas.

The Upper Level Officer Course (AULOC) will not focus on many of the competencies that are listed in the category of “Leading the Auxiliary.”