From my experience administering and conducting hundreds of career assessments for career and leadership development, self-awareness is the beginning of growth and development. Assessment participants are always grateful to confirm or learn more about known/blind spots and unrecognized strengths. Assessments are critical tools for self-awareness that leads to career success.
The assessments I’m certified to administer help identify personality preferences so participants can adjust their behaviors to better work with others. Other assessments measure orientation toward interpersonal behavior, the difference between how you and others (senior leaders, supervisors, peers, direct reports, others) view your demonstration of leadership competencies, and how aware you are of and how you manage your own and others’ emotions.
Assessments are a way to hold up a mirror to objectively see how you honestly react and how others view you in certain situations. Because of the rigor involved in the science measuring mental capacities and processes, assessments are continually tested to ensure they measure what they’re intended to measure on a consistent basis.
It’s required that most assessments be debriefed by impartial certified facilitators who can help the participant identify patterns and themes, and emphasize common language to describe characteristics and behaviors. If there is written and numerical feedback, the assessment coach assists with correlating overlap of the two types of results.
- Action Planning and Follow-UpI provide accountability as an assessment coach by facilitating discussions to help the participant reflect and document specific actions and dates by which they will act based on the results of the assessment. These discussions help participants translate assessments results to actionable plans to achieve their career and leadership goals.
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