Leadership Assessment

Written by Michael Federico
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Businesses that have quality leadership may quickly rise to the tops of their respective fields; however, if they lack accurate leadership assessment, that zenith will eventually turn into a nadir. Often, managers are quick to evaluate those who work under them, but are rarely willing to receive an appraisal from the group. Breaking this destructive pattern can engender trust, a willingness to work harder, and a heightened sense of cooperation amongst employees at all levels of the corporate ladder.

Some companies are so large that many mid-level managers appear to work in a vacuum. This is due to the fact that there is very little leadership assessment taking place at the top levels of the business. Furthermore, there are often employees in non-leadership roles who have the ability and the drive to take a step up the ladder, but they simply go unnoticed by upper management.

Leadership Assessment through 360 Degree Feedback

Many people believe that they are hard workers and that they get along well with other people. This, unfortunately, is not always the case. Many managers have no idea that they are doing certain things to disrupt the chemistry of their teams.

Leadership assessment of managers can come from those who work for the manager, managers from other departments, and from executives of the company. The manager must also evaluate his own performance. One of the best ways to truly gain insight into the way a manager approaches his work is by allowing him to take a behavioral assessment. Allowing others to apply the same assessment to the manager will create a very full picture of his management style. These profiles require those who take them to determine how a series of statements, each relating to a different behavioral type, apply to them. For instance, a person may have to rank these four statements from most to least important: I enjoy testing myself; I strive for harmony; I prefer things to remain constant; and I have a strong inner drive. The results of the profile will help a manager see his strengths and weaknesses. The profile may indicate that he is friendly and trustworthy, but that he often loses sight of goals. Knowing this can help a manager to reshape the way he approaches his job and his team.

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