When planning leadership development activities and measuring leadership development among program participants, YouthBuild programs should be mindful of the intersections between leadership development, higher education, and workplace competencies. This document contains suggested leadership competencies for YouthBuild programs to use as starting places for developing their own lists tailored to their program context.


The competencies are in three categories (Personal Leadership Skills and Knowledge, Small Group Leadership Skills and Knowledge, and Community Leadership Skills and Knowledge), and all are of particular relevance to career preparation and success in college. Each listed competency also has an example benchmark for measuring attainment.

Many of these benchmarks are featured in the Leadership Competencies Handbook accompanied by detailed lesson plans.