Executive assessment at CSA Consulting is based on a rigorous, evidence based approach the appraisal of a leader’s strengths, talents and capabilities. Our approach is based on an integrated combination of extensive career interview, psychometric assessment and feedback known as Individualised Psychological Assessment (IPA). Our executive assessment process can be utilised in for external or internal recruitment, career transition and development, as part of executive coaching, and as a means of succession planning. Our methodology is designed to provide a rounded understanding of an individual's psychological make-up and the impact this has on their current and potential managerial and leadership effectiveness. We utilise psychometric tests in conjunction with sound biographical and performance data in order to make reliable and valid judgements about the individual. Individuals can then be benchmarked against organisational capabilities and the requirements of the role. Frequently used assessments include the Hogan Leadership Suite and Multi-Factor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ-360). We believe that psychometric assessment plays a valuable role in effective coaching and leadership development. It brings a rigour and reliability to the assessment process, allowing the executive to compare themselves with others in the industry and with research validated benchmarks. However we know the value of integrating these measures into a more holistic view of the person rather than overly relying on the raw scores themselves. To that end, we take the time to properly debrief and discuss any assessment measure we utilse, calibrating the findings against our own conclusions and other data sources.
What we assess at CSA
The data gathered from the interview is used to form an assessment of the individual in terms of the following: • their intellectual strengths, both in terms of capacity and style • their emotional and motivational characteristics • their interpersonal style, impact and influencing skills • their psychological insight • their leadership and management style.
The assessment can also provide: • A rating on the organisational leadership capabilities (if desired) • An assessment of their managerial potential (if required) • A benchmark against industry standards of excellence
How we assess at CSA
We are qualified and experienced in the administration and interpretation of a wide range of psychometric instruments. However there are two that stand out for us in terms of their utility in facilitating the executive coaching process:
1. The Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire (MLQ-360) The MLQ is based on the transactional-transformational model of leadership. It provides direct feedback on 5 transformational components of effective leadership, 2 transactional components and 2 areas of potential derailment. The MLQ is the product of 20yrs research into the Full Range Leadership Model and as such represents the industry benchmark in leadership assessment. It is delivered in a 360 degree format allowing a wide range of individuals to feedback on the executive’s leadership style. It can also measure leadership in teams (MLQ Team) and Culture (ODQ).
2. The Hogan Leadership Suite This comprises of 3 distinct assessment measures. The Hogan Personality inventory (HPI), The Hogan Development Survey (HDS) and the Motivation, Values and Preferences Inventory (MVPI). Together these make up the Bright Side, Dark Side and Inside of the executive profile. Together these assessments provide a well validated inventory of success factors, potential derailers and motivational factors that will add depth and rigour to the coaching assessment process. We are the Qld distributer for the Hogan suite and can arrange for your accreditation in the instruments as well as administer and interpret them on your behalf.
Other tests we utilise as required are the Leadership Practices Inventory, Voices, LSI, the FIRO-B, the NEO and a variety of ability and competency tests. We also have developed our own coaching skills assessment that gives the participant clear feedback on their areas of strength and development in the coaching context.
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