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Strategic Leaders
Drive Change

The Science of Selecting
High-Performing Leaders

This finding from The Science of Selecting High-Performing Leaders discusses how DDI assessments identify leaders who drive change.
Strategic Leaders Drive Change

Strategic Leaders:

Adapt and drive change. A leadership readiness assessment demonstrated that leaders with higher scores were 5.2 times more likely to perform strongly in key leadership areas such as Adaptability and Facilitating Change.

Champion change and influence effectively. Leaders scoring higher on the readiness assessment were 2.7 times more likely to perform well in Championing Change (e.g., Influencing Others to Understand).

Rapidly modify their performance after assessment feedback. 90 percent of managers indicated that direct reports improved their skills in Leading Others Through Change, when evaluating their performance six months or more after assessment.

Demonstrate greater adaptability in their performance. High scorers on judgment and work style-related screening tools were 2.2 times more likely to demonstrate adaptability on the job.

As the pace of change accelerates in organizations and uncertainty lingers, leaders must continually demonstrate their own agility and adaptability—in addition to driving these important performance behaviors in their teams. They need to contend with change, while also enabling others to move through daily disruptions effectively. In a DDI study focused on leaders in transition, 41 percent of participants indicated that dealing with ambiguity and uncertainty was the most challenging factor they faced as they moved into roles with higher leadership responsibility.

How then can organizations predict who will—and want to—perform best in the difficult-to-develop areas of adaptability and facilitating change? Properly configured and validated selection tools can accurately determine which leaders are more likely to demonstrate these behaviors and to lead others through change.

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