Psychological Assessment is the process of understanding a person and his behavior, personality, and capabilities. This will help in taking it to the next level of Leadership Assessment to understand whether he can lead, manage and direct others and how such characteristics will help in the leadership position.
We will go into the depth of each of the terms so that we get a better understanding of its importance and need in the Corporate environment.
What is Psychological Assessment?
It is the testing, using a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and his behavior, personality, and capabilities. Broadly, psychological assessment involves an objective manner in which one’s “psychological functioning” is assessed. Some tools and processes are used to conduct that Assessment.
What are the tools used to Assess?
It may include numerous components such as norm-referenced psychological tests, informal tests and surveys, interview information, school or medical records, medical evaluation, and observational data. It is only an expert who will determine what information is to be used based on the specific questions being asked.
What is Leadership Assessment?
The Psychological Assessment will lead to the next level of assessment, which is the Leadership Assessment, which identifies and describes an individual’s unique characteristics as they pertain to leading, managing, and directing others and how such characteristics fit into a given position’s requirement. Leadership is multifaceted and so are the tools to assess it and work on improving those skills. These Leadership Assessment tools provide practical steps that one can apply to measure one’s leadership and then work towards booting those relevant skills. Leadership qualities are to be periodically assessed, as by doing so, one’s weaknesses can be strengthened and their strengths can be buttressed.
There are various tools used for Leadership Assessments, some of which are as under
Meyers-Briggs: It is a very popular personality test to know which type of personality one belongs to, as there are many leadership styles and one can decide which leadership style he fits into. This tool believes that there are 16 different types of distinct personality types built from four principal psychological functions viz. sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking, and realize which one is dominant.
USC’s Leadership Style Self-Assessment: Once you get to know who you are, it is easier to understand what type of leader you think you are. How you see yourself might not be the way your team sees you and this can cause problems. A Leadership inventory will give you an impartial view of your strengths and weaknesses as a leader, and thus you can take definite steps towards improving your management style.
Emotional Intelligence Assessment: This dwells on the multiple intelligence that a person has. There are eight different ways that a person can learn, right from linguistic to spatial. But we need IQ, which is the capacity to understand. Generally, we tend to ignore our Emotional Quotient, or our ability to recognize our feelings and those of others. But as leaders, we cannot be driven by such emotions. We must be able to correctly identify the emotional make-up of our team members, which will make it easier to lead them.
Leadership Blind Spots: Most of the time, we cannot judge our character as we have our inherent prejudice. These become blind spots, which can be very dangerous because we proceed in ignorance. Blind Spot Assessment helps identify the blind spots in yourself, your team, your company, and the markets you work in. This is an intensive survey with 10 questions in each category where we rate our scores. This test is best for those who have been in leadership positions for 5 or more years.
Clifton Strengths: This is one more way of identifying your strengths and weaknesses. This is a web-based assessment to know what you naturally do best and how to develop your strongest talents, and how to optimize your professional life. This hour-long assessment features 177 paired questions in which you choose the one that best describes you. It determines your patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings to uncover your talents. The results will expose your greatest talents and how to explain them and this, in turn, helps you identify opportunities that best match these abilities.
Statistical Data about the use of Leadership Assessment in the market.
Most organizations (80%) face a quality leadership crunch. Organizations struggle to groom the next level of leadership to be effective leaders, but then there is the risk of attrition which accounts for 50%, either because they are on the verge of retirement or they are millennials and frequent job hoppers.
49% of organizations believe in upskilling and reskilling their current workforce who exhibit excellent leadership qualities. 31% of organizations use leadership assessment and development to create a robust internal succession plan. Around 20% of organizations use leadership assessment to identify individuals with excellent leadership skills.
It can be seen how important it is to assess oneself for his Psychological pattern and thinking, which will lead to much new information which we would not have realized. This kind of Psychological Assessment will help us in our Leadership Assessment as well, to make us better leaders, which will benefit all stakeholders, viz. ourselves, our team members, the company, our vendors, and our clients.