Assessing senior executives for both development and selection requires a combination of knowledge and judgment. Our engagements begin with a quick and thorough assessment of client strengths, capabilities, gaps, and areas for growth. We then use our extensive experience with senior leaders and their teams to identify the technical, business-focused, people-focused, and personal knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences needed to lead the organization.
Our assessment approach varies depending on the needs of the organization, and can include any or all of the following:
- Multi-rater feedback (360s)
- Personality assessments
- Cognitive tests
- Situational judgment tests
- Cognitive style evaluations
- Writing and verbal fluency
- Team management effectiveness
- Customer interactions
The results are summarized in narrative reports that provide an accurate predictive description of the participant, and specific recommendations consistent with the focus of the assessment.
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Tools for Leadership Development
Organizations need to provide a range of tools for leadership development, including individual, team and organizational methods:
Tools that focus on the individual include 360 feedback and performance feedback, trained HR generalists and specialists who can help interpret and focus both the strengths and the challenges, and written planning tools that provide specific, concrete ideas for how to build leadership skills.
Team leadership is a critical skill for all executives and managers, and one that is often short-changed in the leadership development process. Providing managers with tools to clarify the team focus, mission, and purpose are critical, as are tools to develop, articulate and disseminate values and working principles for teams.
Businesses need to define what their critical leadership focus is, and how they want their leaders to bring the organization along with the strategy and vision of the company. Large-scale training programs can be enormously effective in building individual leaders and building a culture of leadership. How much the company emphasizes personal characteristics, management skills, strategic and financial leadership, and team leadership will determine where the organization should focus its energy.