Leadership assessments and leadership team assessments are useful tools to evaluate how well an individual or group of individuals are performing. But a comprehensive professional leadership assessment can go much further by means of comparative analysis. This is the detailed analysis of how the leadership strengths of individuals on a team differ in emphasis and how they may complement or conflict with each other, allowing a more complete and integrated team to emerge.
All leaders are not the same
Leadership is not a single unitary quality as there are many different types of leaders and extensive theories on these different types and how they can interact. There are autocratic versus democratic leaders, formal and informal leaders, and results-oriented versus inspirational leaders. Often a great leader will exhibit different types of leadership over time and can be adaptable to what a given situation requires. A team often demands a multiplicity of leadership types, including an inspirational leader, a strategic leader, a transactional leader, and a leader that excels in coordination and managing resources efficiently. Team leadership assessment with comparative analysis allows you to determine who excels at each role, identify deficiencies and tweak your team to make it the best it can be.
Communication is key
While there are different types of leaders and different roles to be filled on a team for maximum effectiveness, communication is a fundamental quality each individual needs to have, so this is given special emphasis. That does not means every individual need to be a great communicator in the same sense. Some leaders are very charismatic and able to motivate people in a very visceral way. But another person whose strengths are identified as that of a coordinator may perform best with different communication skills, such as being very clear and to the point about who needs to do what and when. A professional comparative analysis will include this.
Comparative analysis requires consistent analysis
Comparative analysis works best when a proven methodology is used consistently to evaluate all members of a team. There is strong evidence to suggest that fundamental qualities of the many types of leaders are remarkably universal, meaning that, no matter what the nature of a business or its location, the same human qualities are needed to be successful. This implies that a common method of assessment is also highly appropriate. By using a team assessment method that has been shown to yield meaningful results many times over in many varied contexts for your comparative analysis, you can ensure you have the consistency to extract the most useful information.