PROFESSOR Martin Cain
Read Chapters: 4
Assessing Leadership and Measuring Its Effects (pg. 84-131; 5
(p. 166-201 )
Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience
ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin.
Discuss the common measures, and best practices, in measuring leadership success. Propose one additional
theory that you would utilize to evaluate the success, or competence, of a leader. Respond to two of your
Organizations hoping to appoint the best suited individuals for the appropriate posts face many challenges.
Assessing leadership potential is fundamentally concerned with predicting who will or will not be an effective
leader before they have been placed into a position (Hughes, Ginnett,
& Curphy, 2009, p. 95).
Being able to
appropriately and effectively determine leadership potential for an individual is based upon the assessment
skills and techniques of the individual conducting the assessment.
According to Hughes, Ginnett and Curphy
(2009) some of the techniques that an organization can utilize to determining leadership potential and
performance would be “…résumés, interviews, online tests, and work simulations” (p. 123).
From a best
practice standpoint, it is critical to conduct a job analysis before developing any personnel decision-making
processes. The associated testing content to job content must correlate in order to ensure that the decisions
are made on job-relevant characteristics.
According to Hughes, Ginnett and Curphy (2009), “…almost all organizations use some type of performance
appraisal system…” and measure the key objectives of the leader “…such as integrity, leadership,
administrative skills, communication impact, and so forth” (pp. 109-110).
An additional theory that one could
utilize to evaluate the success or competence of a leader would be leadership theory.
According to Hughes,
Ginnett and Curphy (2009), theories “…are a collection of testable predictions about the relationships between
certain variables” and “…are developed on the basis of observations, and their corresponding hypotheses are
tested and refined by means of correlational and experimental studies”
I feel that the
implementation of employee survey systems are an excellent way to measure the success of a leader as it
provides confidential feedback from subordinates and reflects an insiders view of their leaders abilities.
addition, I would conduct an analysis of training, tasks and performance in order to define the areas most
noted as leadership short falls.
A measure of a leaders subordinate employees can give great insight as to if
that individual is leading with success.
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