Recently, I was privileged to work with a national team on leadership and coaching. Coincidentally, I received a sample assessment that’s supposed to measure a Leader’s ability as a Coach. I took it. Guess what?
If you’re a good Leader, likely you’ll get a poor score. The sloppy psychometric design rewards coaching and punishes leading. Unfortunately, this further muddies already murky waters. Leading and coaching are two distinct roles and both are important.
A critical part of working with this leadership team was differentiating coaching from other roles. In fact, the team had an “Ah-Ha” moment as they realized a past consultant had not clarified this distinction. They lost time and effort being confused in their work together.
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Quick Tool: Leadership Self Assessment
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PS. I don’t profit from assessments. There are 1,000’s of assessments many poorly designed. I’m happy to review any tests clients use, work with their providers or help get new tools. The goal is to serve the best interests of the individuals, teams and leaders.