All A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W Y Acronyms

  • Dealing with Ambiguity
    Takes effective action when necessary without having to have all the necessary facts in hand. Easily changes gears in response to unpredictable or unexpected events, pressures, situations and job demands. Effectively changes plans, goals, actions or priorities to deal with changing situations.
  • Delegates Appropriately
    Makes delegation decisions that take into account the size of the task, whether an employee has the necessary background and skills to complete the task, and the sensitivity and importance of the task. Delegates tasks that are challenging but not overwhelming. Delegates tasks that develop and extend employee skills.
  • Delegates Efficiently
    Efficiently delegates tasks so that organizational goals are met within established timelines. Delegates tasks that are not central to the leader’s role and which allow the leader to use his or her time more effectively.
  • Demonstrates an Interest in Learning
    Demonstrates an interest in personal learning and development. Seeks feedback from multiple sources about how to improve and develop, and modifies behavior based on feedback or self-analysis of past mistakes.
  • Demonstrates Insight into Behavior
    Recognizes and accurately interprets the verbal and nonverbal behavior of others. Shows insight into the actions and motives of others, and recognizes when relationships with others are strained.
  • Demonstrates Positive Regard
    Shows acceptance and positive regard for employees. Maintains a pleasant, cheerful disposition. Provides support and sympathy when others are anxious or upset.
  • Demonstrates Self-control
    Maintains composure and keeps emotions in check even in very difficult situations; deals calmly and effectively with stressful situations.
  • Demonstrates Sensitivity/Empathy
    Shows sincere interest in others and their concerns, and demonstrates sensitivity to the needs and feelings of others. Helps others resolve sensitive interpersonal problems as appropriate. Looks for ways to help people, and pitches in to help others.
  • Detecting Errors
    Detects and corrects errors, even under time pressure; notices errors or inconsistencies. Forwards or processes forms in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Developing a Vision
    Develops a strategic vision for the future of the organization or unit.
  • Digital Citizenship
    Understands human, cultural, and societal issues related to technology and practices legal and ethical behavior. Understands the legal and ethical implications of technologies, applications, and research tools within the workplace. Practices safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology. Exhibits attitudes toward using technology that support collaboration, learning, and productivity.
  • Digital Divide Network
    The Digital Divide Network is the Internet's largest community for educators, activists, policy makers, and concerned citizens working to bridge the digital divide.
  • Digital Literacy
    The ability to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, and create information using digital technology. It involves a working knowledge of current computer technology and an understanding of how it can be used to communicate with others.
  • Disabilities

    ​The definition of disability set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) does not distinguish between type, severity, or duration of the disability. It states that the term ‘disability’ means, with respect to an individual, refers to:

    a) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities of such an individual;

    b) a record of such impairment; or

    c) being regarded as having such an impairment.

  • Disability
    Inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity due to physical or mental impairment(s) which has lasted or can be expected to last for at least 12 months or can be expected to result in death.
  • Discouraging Unproductive Behavior
    Expresses concern for improving relations among team members; explains how dispute is affecting others; discourages non-productive behavior such as threats, insults, stereotyping or exaggerations.
  • Diversity
    The state or fact of being diverse; difference; unlikeness; variety; multiformity. A point of difference. Citation
  • Dual Credit

    ​“Dual credit course” means a college course taken by a high school student for credit at both the college and high school level.