Key Competencies Needed to be Successful as an OD Professional

Od Professionals


Thinking of entering the field of Organization Development! You will need to develop several key competencies to be successful in the field of Organization Development.

To identify your competency level, you will need to complete a competency assessment to determine your level of expertise.

Developing these competencies can help you become a successful OD consultant who can facilitate organizational change and growth.

Here are some essential OD Competencies to consider:

  1. Strategic Thinking: You must be able to think critically and strategically to identify organizational issues, develop solutions, and implement change initiatives that align with the organization’s goals and objectives.
  2. Communication skills: You need excellent communication skills to communicate complex ideas and concepts effectively to diverse stakeholders, such as senior executives, managers, employees, and external partners. This includes active listening, clear and concise writing, and public speaking.
  3. Change management expertise: You must be proficient in change management principles and practices to facilitate organizational change initiatives successfully. This includes understanding the change process, identifying resistance, and implementing strategies to overcome resistance.
  4. Interpersonal skills: You must have strong interpersonal skills to build relationships, establish trust, and collaborate effectively with individuals and teams at all levels of the organization.
  5. Data analysis and interpretation: You must be able to collect, analyze, and interpret data to assess organizational performance, identify opportunities for improvement, and measure the impact of OD interventions.
  6. Cultural competence: You must be able to work effectively with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds, including different cultures, races, and genders, to ensure that OD interventions are inclusive and respectful.
  7. Project management skills: You must have strong project management skills to plan, execute, and monitor complex projects within budget and on schedule.
  8. Ethical and professional conduct: You must adhere to ethical and professional standards in all aspects of your work as an OD consultant, including confidentiality, integrity, and transparency.

To identify your competency level, you will need to complete a competency assessment to determine your level of expertise.

About the Author:

Dr. Nancy Zentis is the CEO of the Institute of OD, offering online certification programs for those interested in Organization Development, Talent Management, Leadership Development and Executive Coaching, and OD Advanced Skills courses for ongoing learning.  She can be reached at  For more information about our certification programs and short courses, please visit our website


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