Assessments

The Essential Assessment

Measuring Leadership Potential for Effectiveness & Execution

the ESSENTIAL Assessment© for Senior Leaders was designed to provide a sound predictive approach for measuring the leadership behaviors identified in the ESSENTIAL Competency Model©. This groundbreaking assessment includes information on why leaders do what they do, as well as what they do, and how they do it. Whether you are selecting, promoting, or developing senior leaders, knowing their potential to exhibit the essential leadership characteristics is critical for your business’ present and future.

Measuring Potential

In partnership with Hogan Assessments – who have over 30 years of experience providing cutting-edge assessment and consulting solutions to some of the world’s largest companies, including over half the Fortune 500 – we developed the ESSENTIAL Assessment© in 2019. Grounded in more than three decades of validated research, Hogan Assessments was the first to measure personality for business scientifically.

The Hogan Research Team studied The ESSENTIAL Assessment© competencies, including how they are defined and developed by The Aware Leader L.L.C. After achieving a thorough understanding of our assessment, Hogan mapped the competencies through their assessment battery to identify the most predictive scales for each factor. Hogan then created predictive, scoring algorithms for calculating a participant’s score within each competency.

Hogan Assessments mapped their Hogan Personality Inventory (H.P.I.), Hogan Development Survey (H.D.S.), and Motives Values Preference Inventory (MVPI) to The ESSENTIAL Assessment© leadership competencies. This tailored competency mapping process identified the Hogan scales that are most predictive of each of the competencies and, via the design and implementation of custom results reports, provides a high level of predictive accuracy in the assessment process specific to The Aware Leader L.L.C.

Uses & Inventories

The use of a multi-assessment solutions provided a thorough and tailored battery of psychometric assessments to identify the potential for successful leadership. Each assessment provides unique information that, when used together, will facilitate both the identification and development of future leaders.

The H.P.I. (Hogan Personality Inventory) is the centerpiece of virtually all assessment programs and provides insights into the day-to-day characteristics and motivations that drive behavior. The H.D.S. (Hogan Development Survey) provides insights into behavior under stress and pressure; characteristics known as ‘derailers’. These derailers may be overused strengths that one exercises inappropriately, or they may represent dramatic shifts in behavior when stressed, fatigued, or unchallenged. The MVPI (Motives Values Preference Inventory) identifies values and performance drivers that relate to how well an individual will fit within an organization, and the type of culture one is likely to create and cultivate as a leader.

With information from the H.P.I., H.D.S., and MVPI available for evaluation and tailored to specific leadership competencies, The Aware Leader L.L.C. is able to assist our clients in gaining insight into a leader’s day-to-day tendencies, behaviors during critical periods of stress, as well as performance drivers or motivations, all of which impact their capacity to lead effectively. The interaction of all of these assessments provides valuable perspectives on evaluating the future leadership potential of individuals.

Delivering Feedback

We provide a 90-minute coaching-focused feedback session to all assessment participants. Based on our experience, the person receiving feedback invariably finds the experience valuable and true tool for change and growth in terms of raising their own self-awareness. Our feedback involves telling the participant about their behavioral tendencies based on the results of their assessment scores.

The key to moving from feedback to development is context, and our context understanding comes from our business experience, our knowledge of job requirements, and over twenty years of interpreting assessment results.

The Essential 360 Feedback Survey

Reacting to Leadership Strengths & Potential Growth Areas

The ESSENTIAL Leadership 360° Feedback Survey is a multisource, 360° feedback system. Our web-based instrument provides a survey solution designed for executives or groups of executives and simplifies the entire management and leadership assessment process. The survey allows you to implement a process for executives to gain a deeper understanding of their strengths and potential growth areas.

The ESSENTIAL 360° Feedback Survey provides the unique insights needed to create accurate development goals and measure the progress of achieving those goals.

What The ESSENTIAL Leadership 360° Feedback Survey Offers:

  • Measures behaviors and competencies of The ESSENTIAL Assessment© Leadership Competency Model.

  • Provides feedback on how others perceive an executive.

  • Addresses competencies such as thinking critically, leading self, directing people, and initiating action.

  • Focuses on two meta competencies: leadership effectiveness and leadership execution.

  • Facilitating feedback to both the participant and their supervisor

How The ESSENTIAL Leadership 360° Feedback Survey Can Be Used:

  • Leadership Development

  • Succession Planning

  • Executive Promotion

  • Executive Coaching

  • High Potential Development

Additional Assessment Recommendations

Hogan Assessments

Hogan leads the world in personality assessment. With products and services in 56 countries and 47 languages, the assessments are utilized by more than half of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Hogan Personality Inventory – provides organizations with scientifically validated information about an individual’s strengths.
  • Hogan Development Survey – measures 11 derailing tendencies that can impede career success and interpersonal effectiveness.
  • Motives, Values and Preferences Inventory – provides organizations with scientifically validated information about an individual’s core values and motivations.
  • Team Report – designed to help team members gain an understanding of team strengths, weaknesses, dynamics, and culture.
  • High Potential Report – designed to maximize leadership potential by helping emergent leaders become more effective, and effective leaders become more emergent

We provide a 90-minute coaching-focused feedback session to all assessment participants. Based on our experience, the person receiving feedback invariably finds the experience valuable and true tool for change and growth in terms of raising their own self-awareness. Our feedback involves telling the participant about their behavioral tendencies based on the results of their assessment scores.

The key to moving from feedback to development is context, and our context understanding comes from our business experience, our knowledge of job requirements, and over twenty years of interpreting assessment results.

Watson-Glaser III

Measures critical thinking ability; general understanding of the importance of evidence when making conclusions; the ability to differentiate between inferences, abstractions, and generalizations through applying logic; and the ability to combine these skills above when making these decisions.

RAVEN’S Progressive Matrices

Assess skills essential for professionals, managers, and high potentials, including advanced observation and clear-thinking skills, efficient problem solving, abstract reasoning, and the ability to learn.

Influencing Style Indicator (Discovery Learning)

Designed to understand an individual’s preferred style as they influence others. designed to understand an individual’s preferred style as they influence others. 

Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (Kilmann Diagnostics)

Designed to measure how one deals with interpersonal conflict; with conflict being defined as simply the condition in which two or more individual’s concerns appear to be incompatible.