11 Assessments Every Executive Should Take

Linda ReyesForbes Coaches Counsel

Understanding your strengths and weaknesses as an executive can only help you become a more effective leader. Though undergoing a round of assessments may seem like a futile attempt to tell you what you already know about yourself, these tests can be quite relevant in the information they provide.

Assessments can give you insight into areas where you need to focus more attention and help you reinforce the skills that you excel at. The results may surprise you and will certainly allow you to be more successful as an executive within your organization.

Eleven members of Forbes Coaches Council weigh in on the one assessment they highly recommend executives take. Here is what they recommend:

1. CliftonStrengths

CliftonStrengths is one of the most impactful assessments I have taken in an effort to learn more about me. It truly empowers you to live your best life. Through this assessment, you discover what it is you do best naturally, not forced. Your focus is not on what you need to improve, but rather on how you can develop your strengths. – Dr. Sharon H. Porter, Perfect Time SHP LLC,

2. EQ-i 2.0 For Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is a key indicator of leadership performance. And when leaders lead well, organizations do well. The EQ-i 2.0 is a valid and reliable tool that measures the way you perceive and express yourself, develop and maintain social relationships and cope with challenges. The clear measurements and guiding competencies make this tool a must-have in my executive coaching engagements. – Loren Margolis, Training & Leadership Success LLC

3. Energy Leadership Index Assessment

The Energy Leadership Index Assessment provides a unique lens on self-awareness and emotional intelligence, two key ingredients for any leader. Situational awareness of yourself and others is critical for a leader to respond appropriately to the people in their charge. Understanding where you are at any moment and how you respond to stress can make all the difference. – Larry Boyer, Success Rockets LLC

4. The Leadership Circle

The Leadership Circle assessment provides an executive with feedback on how others experience their leadership; the real power comes from the perspective and insights gained around reactive tendencies. This is a critical tool in helping executives shift from reactive to creative leadership by diving into the assumptions behind those reactive tendencies and engaging in creative leadership skills. – Amy Douglas, Spark Coaching, LLC

5. The Passion Profiler

One of my advisers works with Purpose Linked Consulting to administer the Passion Profiler™, a validated psychometric instrument to identify one’s unique passions. Executives would benefit to help better themselves in their career. If you are not living out of your passions, it means you cannot inspire others as effectively. What could be more important in this world of disengagement? – John M. O’Connor, Career Pro Inc.

6. Kolbe Indexes

I work with a local organization that provides Kolbe Indexes to everyone I hire and sometimes my clients, as well. It is a fantastic tool because it gives insight into the amount of energy a person naturally has for any given task, and helps me shape business in a way that is very people-forward instead of the “machine” of business. – Heather Pinay, Authentically: Business & Life Solutions

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