Some unsuccessful candidates hear during post-selection feedback, that they have failed to show ‘leadership’. 

Wikipedia states that:

Leadership is one of the most salient aspects of the organizational context. However, defining leadership has been challenging.’

To clarify what leadership means for their organisation, companies and government Agencies have developed Leadership Capability Frameworks.  These frameworks identify the key capabilities, and associated behaviors that leaders need to demonstrate. The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has published an Integrated Leadership System (ILS) , which provides a common language for leadership development across the Australian Public Service. 

This system identifies five key leadership capabilities –  

Shapes Strategic Thinking

Achieves Results

Cultivates Productive Working Relationships

Exemplifies Personal Drive and Integrity

Communicates with Influence

These five capabilities form the basis of staff selection for many Australian government leadership jobs. The Queensland Government uses similar capabilities.

Understanding leadership capabilities and being able to describe how you have demonstrated these is very important for success in winning any government or private sector leadership role. Many people fail to impress when applying for leaderships roles because they do not show that they can shape strategic thinking. In addition, leadership candidates must demonstrate the ability to communicate with influence, not just to communicate.