360 Leadership Development Assessments (LDA)
The Leadership Development Assessment is an organizational tool for helping managers at all levels become more effective by increasing self-awareness and self-understanding. These are also sometimes called 360 degree feedback surveys. Our Leadership Development Assessment (LDA) works on the principle of multi-level feedback. It gives the leader two perceptions on how he or she leads: the leader’s own perceptions, and how others see the leader.
The Greek philosopher Plato said, “Know thyself.” His advice is right, but not easy to follow. We all have blind spots, gaps, and distortions in our perceptions of ourselves. One of the best ways a leader can ‘know thyself’ is to get a look through the eyes of others. Knowing how others see the leader, can help the individual understand the reasons behind others’ reactions. Understanding how others perceive the leader is the first step. Being willing to change behaviors that have been identified as detracting from the leader’s overall effectiveness is the second, and most critical step. When actions are changed, the leader can more effectively lead others by earning their respect, trust, and loyalty.
The Leadership Development Assessment is intended primarily for use as a multi-level evaluation tool. This process is often referred to as a “360” because a leader receives feedback from those above, below and beside him or her within the organization. The results from the assessment will be presented to the leader, and will contain the feedback from bosses, peers, employees, and others, providing the leader with an intimate personal portrait. By using the surveys effectively, and by soliciting feedback from others who have observed the leader, the results will highlight leadership strengths as well as developmental needs.
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ASSESSMENT PROCESS
- Step 1: Interview and Survey Design
- Step 2: Administration and Processing Data
- Step 3: Presentation of Feedback
- Step 4: Action Plan
- Step 5: Follow-Up
In addition to the Leadership Development Assessment, leaders will also have access to our action planning website, The Manager’s Toolkit. The Manager’s Toolkit was designed to provide leaders with the additional help they need to complete their action plan. Many leaders tell us, “The LDA helped me know where I need to improve, but I am not sure how to do that or what that looks like.” This is where The Manager’s Toolkit comes in. This site contains hundreds of recommendations, suggested sample actions, articles, books sections, videos and audio. All the information a leader needs to complete a successful, actionable plan to improve their lower rated areas is here. The Manager’s Toolkit helps leaders easily complete their action plan and align themselves for success.