Leadership Skills Profile

Pre-screen for promotability, coaching needs, development of leadership skills etc.


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For selection, development, succession planning, coaching, counseling and training.

• A pre-hire assessment for selection and placement of leadership applicants and high potentials.

• An aid for succession planning, and for determining promotability of managers and executives.

• A foundation for managerial and executive development and coaching.

The Leadership Skills Profile (LSP) has been enhanced to provide a flexible, customizable leadership solution designed to help identify and develop the “best leaders”, with “best” being defined by your organization and its unique requirements. It is also ideal for succession planning. The LSP leadership model predicts 42 competencies critical to effective leadership, and includes insightful narrative text discussing the implications of one’s personality to their job performance. The LSP is comprised of the following complementary products:

• LSP Selection Report (LSP-SR)
• LSP Development Report (LSP-DR)
• LSP Selection + Development Report (LSP-S+D)
• LSP Focus Report (LSP-Focus)

Ultimately, the leaders of an organization determine its success, failure or mediocrity. Make optimal hiring decisions using the Leadership Skills Profile (LSP). This thorough, empirically-based assessment predicts 42 behaviours important for effective leadership. The LSP provides a profile (including graphs) of one’s expected leadership performance, as well as narrative text describing the implications of one’s personality on leadership. The LSP will also identify “red flags” capable of impeding success or derailing careers.

The LSP is able to predict 360 degree feedback outcomes. 360 degree feedback is considered to be the most objective means for measuring performance. The LSP is an extremely powerful and sophisticated tool.

Administration Overview

Administer to: 18 years old and older
Administration time: 40 minutes
Number of items: 352 items rated on a 5-point Likert scale
Reading Level: 5th Grade
Scoring Option: On-line
Report Length: Varies

The LSP predicts leadership performance on the following dimensions:

Cognitive Managerial Skills

• Technical Orientation
• Analytical Orientation
• Decisiveness
• Creativity
• Thoroughness
• Objectivity
• Risk Taking

Interpersonal Managerial Skills

• Open-Mindedness
• First Impression
• Interpersonal Relations
• Sensitivity
• Social Astuteness
• Conflict Management
• Communication
• Formal Presentation
• Persuasiveness
• Negotiation

Personal Managerial Qualities

• Listening
• Achievement and Motivation
• Self-Discipline
• Flexibility
• Independence
• Self-Esteem
• Emotional Control
• Dependability
• Ambition
• General Leadership Effectiveness

Teamwork, Supervision, Planning & Productivity

• Assuming Responsibility
• Vision
• Emphasizing Excellence
• Organizational Spokesperson
• Subordinate Involvement
• Facilitating Teamwork
• Inspirational Role Model
• Short-Term Planning
• Strategic Planning
• Organizing the Work of Others
• Delegation
• Monitoring and Controlling
• Motivating Others
• Attracting Staff
• Productivity

LSP Selection Report (LSP-SR)
The LSP-SR is a cutting-edge assessment for identifying and selecting top leadership talent. It predicts performance on 42 leadership dimensions and explains, in detail, how the respondent’s personality will affect his or her leadership effectiveness. It also highlights any “red flags” for further follow-up. The LSP-SR can be produced in a standard format, or it can reflect the specific requirements of a particular job by using established benchmarks.

LSP Development Report (LSP-DR)
The LSP Development Report leverages decades of research on the relation between personality and leadership performance to provide an advanced leadership development solution. This comprehensive report provides the tools and techniques that empower leaders to realize their full potential.

Major components include:

1) a Snapshot of the respondent’s Personal Strengths and Development Opportunities on the LSP’s 42 dimensions of leadership,
2) a Personal Development Workbook, and
3) detailed Development Feedback that provides concrete strategies for improving one’s leadership effectiveness.

LSP Selection + Development (LSP-S+D)
The LSP-SR and LSP-DR when used in tandem, deliver a powerful, complementary leadership solution. Furthermore, when benchmarks are in place, the reports allow you to select and develop leaders against a common set of requirements specific to a given position.

LSP Focus Report (LSP-Focus)
The LSP Focus Report provides a balanced set of 10 Personal Strengths and 10 Development Opportunities derived from scores on 42 LSP competencies. The LSP Focus Report is augmented by the companion LSP Development Guide — an excellent resource for coaching, group, and self-directed development.

Features and Benefits

Concise, focused report
Every participant guaranteed a “balanced picture” of 10 strengths and 10 opportunities for development
Dynamic narrative development advice is delivered for each competency
Ideal for large groups or when Self-Directed Development is desired
Free companion LSP Development Guide

LSP Enhancements
Consistent with our ongoing commitment to quality and value, we are pleased to announce the following enhancements to the LSP:

• The LSP is now Customizable
SIGMA puts you in the driver’s seat and delivers a tailored solution that allows you to align the LSP with your specific organizational requirements.

Customizing the LSP using the Leadership Skills Benchmark (LSB)

Step #1 – Identify SME Group
Identify key people, or Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), in your organization that best understand the leadership skills that are most important to the specific leadership position (include yourself, top performers, their supervisors, etc.).

Step #2 – Complete the LSB Questionnaire
SMEs rate the importance of each of the 42 leadership dimensions predicted by the LSP. The result is the Leadership Skills Benchmark, a valuable report summarizing your organization’s profile for successful leadership in a given position. Very useful for interviewing, writing job descriptions, and customizing the LSP.

Step #3 – Assess Candidates and Generate Reports
Candidates take the LSP. Next the LSP is scored and reports are automatically customized based on the benchmarks defined above. The result is a powerful, cost effective solution where leaders are compared to a profile defined by your team of experts.

• Optimized Narrative Report
The narrative text delivered in the LSP has been refined and the scoring optimized to enhance its predictive ability.

• Integrated Leadership Solution
The 42 performance dimensions predicted by the LSP Development and Selection reports provide a robust model of leadership. These flexible tools can increase the effectiveness of your succession planning and talent management systems. They have the added advantage of being readily aligned with our 360 degree feedback instrument: the SigmaRADIUS.

The development of the LSP began with the careful selection of items from three robust and respected standardized personality measures: the Personality Research Form (PRF), the Jackson Personality Inventory-Revised (JPI-R), and the Survey of Work Styles (SWS). The LSP questions (or “items”) were selected from a pool of over 4500 using the most advanced quantitative techniques available.

Reliability and Validity
The PRF, JPI-R, and SWS, the measures upon which the LSP is based, have consistently displayed solid evidence of convergent and discriminant validity with self and peer ratings, as well as with numerous other measures. The research literature in psychology contains approximately 2000 articles citing one or more of these measures. Moreover, all measures show meaningful correlations with executive performance. Reliability estimates of each measure’s scales are reported in detail in the respective manuals.

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