Leadership Assessment Tools

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Without carefully constructed leadership assessment tools, it can be difficult to make business decisions that will have a lasting and meaningful impact. Using poorly constructed leadership assessment tools, however, can have an even more disastrous effect. The decisions that result from inaccurate data or poor evaluations can lead to wrongful terminations, ill-conceived promotions, and other misguided (though well-intentioned) business decisions.

There are as many different kinds of performance and leadership assessment tests as there are different types of companies in the business world. Just as different corporations stress different aspects of their businesses, quality assessment tools should focus on the attributes that the companies focus on. If a company stresses the customer's experience, for example, then assessment tools for that company should ultimately speak to that in the aspects of the job that they address.

Building Leadership Assessment Tools

In a similar fashion, leadership assessments should pinpoint the focuses of the job-group that they address. In many cases, quality leadership assessment tools are divided into three aspects of leadership: leadership skills, managerial skills, and of course, interpersonal skills. Many reliable assessment tools acknowledge the fact that these three areas of leadership are relatively independent of each other.

According to many experts, there is usually an imbalance between the three types of leadership skills in any given employee. The imbalance is often due, in part, to the job description of that employee--another reason why it is important to examine an employee's performance in the context of his/ her job description or job-group. Assessments that are made without regard to that idea are often counterproductive, and may lead to unfounded and potentially harmful business decisions.


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