Recently I took the new John Maxwell 360-Degree Leadership Assessment. I wanted to familiarize myself with the tool. The assessment evaluates 64 leadership attributes from John Maxwell’s book The Five Levels of Leadership. Here is what I learned:
- There is a tendency for resistance to a 360-degree assessment. Being confronted with uncensored data can be upsetting and I needed to explore my feelings about the feedback.
- It was most helpful to use a coach to help me process the data and think into the results I want to get from the assessment. This is one of those things I would recommend to not do at home by yourself.
- It was best to look at the data and try to identify several patterns or themes. Otherwise the feedback can be overwhelming when trying to decide on an action plan.
- Ultimately I had to decide if the feedback was valid and what the results really meant. I also had to decide what areas were worth working on. Not every area brought up in the feedback would contribute to the results I am trying to achieve if I worked to improve it.
About the feedback:
- It affirmed some areas of my leadership
- It validated other areas where I knew I needed improvement
- It identified some blind spots
All together the experience was positive and gave me a solid action plan to improve my leadership abilities. I recommend the 360-Degree Leadership Assessment for anyone that wants to get better as a leader.
To check out the assessment go to my website at www.JohnMaxwellGroup.com/RobertEnglish. Contact me for assistance in administering the assessment, processing the feedback, and developing an action plan.