The Evolution of Leadership Assessment

By Amanda Riley

Now here’s a scary thought (well it is for me!), I’ve been recruiting now for over 3 decades.

During that time there have been a lot of changes: from manually posting letters to confirm interviews to conducting Teams meetings with clients sitting on the other side of the world.

I’ve recruited for practically every discipline at a Senior Level and worked across sectors. It has been my privilege during that time to have met and assessed many outstanding leaders and whilst many core competencies, ie what makes a good leader, remain generic, the necessary traits of one generation may not be the essentials of the next.

For example, 20 years ago, Corporate Social Responsibility rarely featured other than for certain roles and having a leadership style that comfortably interacted and readily learnt from both the older and younger generations was not a consideration.

This is why we at TS Grale, are good assessors. We recognise that one size doesn’t fit all. The combination of our assessment model and the collective experience of ‘dinosaurs’ like me, have created a flexible, bespoke approach to our interview process. We are constantly learning and for us understanding what makes a good leader for you is an absolute. Our model and approach are transparent and constantly evolving. That is why we are always keen to act on feedback.

Over the next few weeks we will share with you our thoughts on what we believe are the essential traits of a modern day industry leader and invite you to comment or add your thoughts. Whilst there will always be some constants, good leadership adapts to the ever changing world around it.    

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