My original mentor, Jim Brown, taught me to seek out the root cause when problem solving. Unfortunately, that's not what's happening as organizations attempt to address the employee engagement issues they're seeing. Conducting employee engagement surveys serves the purpose of confirming the existence of a problem. There's a huge difference between knowing you have a problem and working toward a solution. If communication continues to show up as an engagement factor why aren't leaders better at communicating? Seems simple, right?
Understanding your leadership DNA is a must in today's hyper-competitive economy. Psychometrics such as the McQuaig Self-Development behavioral assessment, the Wonderlic Cognitive abilities test and the emotional intelligence assessment EQ-i 2.0 provide the insights a leader needs to be aware of the effect they have on the people that report to them. Those psychometric tools should form the basis of any individual leadership development plan and the cornerstone for a leadership development program.
The McQuaig Institute conducted a survey of 1038 business leaders in 2011 using the McQuiag Word Survey behavioral assessment. The results confirmed what we've been seeing across organizational boundaries for years. The vast majority (80%) of leaders in this study shared the following behavioral traits:
- Goal oriented
- Self directed
- Had a high sense of urgency
The one area that we saw a significant difference across the group was in how social they were. This one trait ended up in a balanced position. This meant that the study group was equally split between being social, engaging, collaborative leaders and being analytical, direct, commanding, task oriented leaders.
We have included a downloadable version of the leadership report that is based on the composite behaviors of the group that completed the McQuaig Word Survey bevavioral assessment. Give us a call or email us if you'd like to know what your leadership DNA is.