Pittsburgh—Development Dimensions International (DDI), the global talent management consultancy and largest assessor of frontline leaders, today announced that more than 25,000 frontline leaders in more than 70 countries have completed Manager Ready®, its online behavioral assessment.
“In the past, organizations promoted individuals into first-time manager or supervisor positions and then depended heavily on one-size fits all training programs to close their leadership skill gaps,” says Kevin Cook, Ph.D., vice president, DDI. “In today’s fast-paced, ever-changing business environment, they can’t afford to train the wrong skills or wait for development to just happen. They expect and need leaders who are ‘ready-now.’”
Manager Ready provides in-depth insight into the strengths and development needs of new and aspiring leaders across critical frontline leadership competencies, such as coaching, delegation and decision making. The engaging, online assessment goes far beyond assisting organizations in determining which individuals are ready for managerial positions—it provides the foundation for establishing more focused and actionable individual development plans.
“Individuals who have completed Manager Ready agree. Research studies have shown that 77 percent of those assessed believe Manager Ready helped them prioritize the areas in which they need to focus their development. In addition, 73 percent of those assessed tell us the process has motivated them to become better leaders,” said Cook. “We’ve found that the desire to become a better leader goes a long way to accelerating development.”