Leadership Development is a key focus area for any L&D function. Effective leadership translates into better business results, more cohesive organization, and effective business adaptability. It is therefore important to ensure that leadership strengths are effectively leveraged, and challenges are addressed through development initiatives like training and coaching.
The first step in leadership development is to understand leaders better – what drives them, their strengths, and challenges and perception of others about the leadership inventory. This is where psychometric assessments for leaders play a key role.
Everything DiSC has a suite of leadership assessments on 4 key leadership perspectives – business, interpersonal, intrapersonal and team. 3 different psychometric assessments aid in understanding these leadership perspectives.
Everything DiSC Work of Leaders –
The Everything DiSC Work of Leaders uses the DiSC Model and the VAE framework to enable leaders to understand their leadership preferences, strengths and challenges and also identify where the leader stands with respect to leadership best practices. The assessment is based on 4 years of research by Julie Straw and colleagues on 300 leaders across 150 organizations. The assessment defines leadership as a one-to-many relationship which follows a 3-step process of:
- Crafting a Vision
- Building Alignment
- Championing Execution
Each step of the leadership process has 3 drives and 2 behavioral best practices. The assessment helps leaders in identifying their DiSC style. This enables them to understand their leadership preferences, strengths and challenges. The VAE Model and associated behavioral best practices provide specific insights into where each leader stands vis-a-vis global leadership best practies. This help leaders create a development plan.
The Work of Leaders is a valuable psychometric assessment to use for leaders in business workshops as it helps with effective Vision, Alignment and Execution. It also provides key insights for intrapersonal effectiveness.
Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders –
The second leadership assessment is the 363 for Leaders. This is a 360° survey that gives valuable feedback to leaders on 8 leadership dimensions and their associated practices. The survey takes inputs from self, direct reports, manager, peers and others. This helps leaders in identifying how their leadership style is perceived by various stakeholders.
An analysis of self vs others feedback is provided to identify gaps in the leadership brand. The assessment is based on the DiSC Model however the results focus on the leadership dimensions instead of the individual DiSC style of the leader. The survey is called a 363 instead of 360 since it provides 3 strategies for improvement. The assessment also comes with features like Comment Smart that allows raters to provide constructive feedback on practices they would want to leader to display more often or less often. The positive language makes the survey development focused.
The 363 for Leaders is a great to tool for improving the leadership inventory of the leader by taking into account perception of key stakeholders. At the same time, it provides key insights to improve interpersonal relationships and the leadership brand of the leader.
Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team –
The third leadership assessment focuses on building cohesive leadership teams. This assessment brings together the DiSC Model and the Five Behaviors Model by Patrick Lencioni. The assessment has 2 parts – the first focuses on identifying the DiSC style of each team member through a self-assessment.
The second part is the team survey that takes inputs from all the team members and provides rating for the team on the 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team that are – Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability and Results. The report also gives insights on how the DiSC style of each team member has an impact on the 5 behaviors.
Dysfunctional leadership teams are not only ineffective but can also damage the business prospects of the organization. This team assessment for leadership teams helps them identify dysfunctional team behaviors and create an action-plan for building a cohesive team.
Psychometric assessments for leaders provide scientifically validated and unbiased insights into leadership behaviors. Such insights are invaluable and an effective first step in leadership development through leadership coaching or training.
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