Four Ways to Use Leadership Assessments to Build Better Leaders

“You should measure things you care about. If you’re not measuring, you don’t care and you don’t know.”

– Steve Howard

We can all agree on the importance of leadership in an organization. We can also agree that important things should be measured.  As an extension of that, we could argue that everyone should be using some form of leadership assessment to select, identify, and develop leaders.  Following are just four of the ways that leadership assessments will help you Build Better Leaders.

1. Hiring a New Manager / Leader

Whether you are filling a management position internally or sourcing from outside the organization, assessments can add a unique and objective perspective to your hiring process.  There are a variety of types of Leadership Assessments that can add value to your management hiring process including but not limited to measurements of Leadership Style, Leadership Personality, Leadership Character, and Leader Performance. The best way to ensure that you select the most valid assessments is to enlist the help of experts.  However, you can also follow a similar process to:

  • Assess where your organization is today and its’ future direction
  • Define the requirements for the new leader (hint: this is about more than the job description)
  • Select the leadership assessment(s) that provides the most relevant data to support your hiring decision

2. Identifying Hi-Potentials

Similar to hiring a leader, identifying your Hi-Potentials should always start with a process of developing a clear understanding of your organization’s current and future leadership needs.  The result of this process should be to create formal success profiles for each leadership position or family of positions.  Once your success profiles have been established:

  • Select assessments that best measure the criteria identified in the success profiles
  • Assess and establish a baseline of your current talent
Figure 1 - GroupView Report from Leadership Skills Profile


  • Use the data from your baseline assessment to help allocate resources and determine who should be developed, and what competencies need investment
  • Measure ongoing growth with periodic assessments like a 360 degree feedback tool

3. Succession Planning

A succession planning process requires having a structured approach for measuring your current baseline, forecasting your future leadership needs, and planning for how you will meet those needs.  Leadership assessments can be a critical tool to help:

  • Establish a baseline for your current management team and use that data to shape future requirements  
  • Measure leadership strengths and development opportunities for those next in line to identify gaps, help determine readiness, and create formal development plans to get them ready
  • Identify Hi-Potentials in order to create a deeper roster of leadership readiness for future needs

4. Leadership Development

Leadership development is at the center of everything that we do to build better leaders.

Assessments offer a simple yet effective leadership development tool that helps your leaders:

  • Demonstrate a greater degree of self-awareness
  • Validate leadership strengths and opportunities for development using a variety of perspectives
  • Prioritize development opportunities with the best chance of success
  • Understand how strengths and development opportunities impact performance
  • Develop a formal Individual Development Plan (IDP) to set goals to enhance leadership effectiveness

While you can certainly develop leaders without using assessments, it is near impossible to gauge the effectiveness without some form of assessment.  

For more information on how we use leadership assessments to help our clients Build Better Leaders, contact me directly or complete our contact form.