Many companies understandably want to be assured of the validity and reliability of the ALII-Map as a predictor of leadership potential. Below is a brief overview of of the research and validation methods used to develop the ALII-Map leadership assessment tools.
Research tells us that emotional intelligence can be increased through practice, but how do we measure improvements in our ability to regulate our own emotions, empathize, and interact with others in an open, honest manner? Here are some signs of emotional intelligence development that are easily assessed in professional situations.
Level 1: Self-awareness
Emotional intelligence is an important asset for any endeavor that involves dealing with other people, which naturally includes leadership. Any leader can improve performance and effectiveness through enhancing this important trait by focusing on these three constituent qualities.
Awareness Of Self
Assessing the performance of senior management and training them to display thought leadership is a valuable tool to help a company reach its true potential. But surely leaders, especially those at the very top, are capable of doing this themselves, including carrying out self assessments? These are the very best people who have huge responsibility so it makes sense they would be about to carry out this important task without external assistance, right? It is tempting to think so, but in fact it is a huge mistake.
Independent Assessment Is Critically Important
The modern business world requires collaborative decision making and the success of that process depends on someone stepping up to lead. Let’s take a look at the five traits of effective leaders and how those attributes help an organization reach their goals.
1. Willingness to Take Risks
An effective leader must be able to acknowledge the risk of potential failure and then make a case that the reward will be worth it. In order to demonstrate leadership to your team you need to be the one who’s capable of making hard decisions and then seeing them through.
When considering their own leadership development, it’s easy to focus on task-oriented areas of growth. But effective leadership requires more than functional skills. Today’s leaders also need to be skilled at nurturing professional relationships. Where task-based leadership involves functional areas of performance like productivity, goal setting, and time management, relationship-oriented leadership is focused on building rapport with their co-workers, employees, clients, and business partners.
You often hear the expression 'that person is a born leader' but what are the leadership qualities that define a good leader, and can they be learned and honed? Certainly a leader has to be able to make decisions and issue orders, but true leadership goes much deeper. It's one thing to be able to speak up and tell someone what to do. But it's a whole different thing to be able to inspire them to want to do it and to effectively convey the importance of what everyone is working towards. Being a great leader benefits from, and in many ways requires, these three leadership qualities:
Leaders have to deal with challenging dynamic environments which is often what makes being a leader so satisfying to those who seek the role out. Part and parcel of this is the need to constantly ascertain whether you are providing the best leadership you are capable of. Good leaders appreciate the need to take frequent stock of how well they are performing. Here are three things to remember when evaluating your leadership qualities.
Be Tough On Yourself
A common misconception, even among CEOs and other top-level executives, is that emotional intelligence (EI) is a fixed trait. While it’s true that some individuals are naturally more self-aware and empathetic than others, the good news is that emotional intelligence can be improved with focused training and practice. What’s more, numerous studies suggest that boosting one’s emotional quotient, or EQ, can lead to quantifiable improvements not only in leadership skills, but in overall health and happiness.