Leadership is about results and the ability to foster engagement in employees is inherently connected to achieving desired results for any organisation or business. Therefore, evaluating leadership is crucial.
What specific qualities makes a good leader is hard to pinpoint, as there are countless opinions and schools concerning leadership and different leadership approaches are suitable for different organizational needs. Regardless of how one perceives leadership, good leadership is dependant on good leaders.
Good leaders are aware that personal development is key in efficient leadership, but it can be challenging to identify one’s weaknesses and areas of improvement. This makes survey based leadership evaluations a highly valuable tool for leadership development and can pave the way for dialogue for leaders at all levels of the organization.
Survey based leadership evaluations:
Survey based leadership evaluations entails that those working with or for the given leader answers an array of questions concerning how they assess the leader’s ability to solve management tasks. The survey is typically structured in a series of themes, relating to different leadership competences, with each theme generally consisting of 3-8 questions.
The following three distinctions are often made in regards to leadership evaluations:
- 180° leadership evaluation: focuses on the leader’s own responses to survey questions, as well their employees responses.
- 270° leadership evaluation: focuses on the leader’s own responses to survey questions, their employees responses, as well as responses made by the leader’s manager.
- 360° leadership evaluation: focuses on the leader’s own responses to survey questions, as well as the responses from employees, the leader’s manager and the leader’s colleagues.
As with all other surveys, leadership evaluations will only create value if the right questions are asked. Therefore, a leadership assessment has to have the right focus in regards to the organization’s overall values, strategy and goals. In other words, a leadership evaluation will only be fruitful if aligned with the leadership competencies and profile needed for your specific organization or business.
Enalyzer Consulting has many years experience in leadership evaluation and has developed a concept based on proven methods. To hear more about the possibilities for making a custom built leadership evaluation or general guidance in this regard, you can get in touch with our consultants here.