As an executive leader, there are two areas that will drive your success: results and relationships. This self assessment is designed to enable you to self-reflect on where you are and identify areas that would benefit from improvement.
This Executive Leadership Self Assessment uses the following 8 key attributes to assess your current capabilities:
Results: These are the 4 key capabilities needed to deliver exceptional value to your company and clients:
- Business Knowledge: Can you have a meaningful conversation with the CEO, CFO and CIO?
- Strategic Vision: Can you create a compelling strategic vision for your group that connects to the company’s overall purpose?
- Team Building: Are you able to recruit, build and manage a strong team that executes efficiently and effectively?
- Execution & Problem Resolution: How challenging a problem or roadblock can you get past (whether technical, personal or strategic)?
Relationships: While delivering value is important, it won’t get you far if you are not able to build strong relationships, which requires the following:
- Confidence: How confident are you in yourself as an executive who deserves to be at the table?
- Persuasive Storytelling: How good are you at driving others to action through positive, engaging, and persuasive storytelling?
- Relationship Building: How good are you at networking across silos and with clients outside of your direct function?
- Collaboration: How good are you at executing jointly with peers, building complementary teams, and sharing credit?
Using the Tool
The assessment requires that you rate yourself for each on the 8 attributes on a scale of 1-5, with 1 being a “notable weakness” and 5 being “exceptional skill”. Once you fill it out, you may notice patterns or specific areas where you need to focus. Here is a typical result for an upcoming executive:
This radar chart is typical of many up and coming IT executives. They have strong execution, collaboration and team building skills, while their business knowledge is limited (typically they have a strong understanding of their own function, but not much else)
I would typically recommend starting from the top down. In this case working on their business understanding, using tools such as a Business Canvas, as well as their confidence.