Executive Assessment and Development

Executive Assessment & Development

Are We Assessing Leaders In The Right Way?

It’s no secret that the world of work is changing at an astounding rate. Organisations are transforming multiple areas of their business simultaneously at varying speeds to meet new and different demands. Good people and strong leadership are essential to executing in this challenging environment, and businesses are competing to secure the brightest and best talent. Making an informed decision about a candidate requires a deep understanding of their motivations, resilience and leadership potential. Within this changing landscape it is important to ask: are we finding and assessing leaders in the right way?

The Pillars of Transformation Assessment

A Bespoke Assessment Tool

Even the most comprehensive candidate profile review and rigorous interview process can’t fully assess how an individual is likely to respond to the demands of leadership positions in today’s fast-paced, complex and often volatile working environment.

Our experience from working with over a thousand businesses on short-term and long-term transformation projects has enabled us to create a six-part assessment model that helps understand a candidate’s preferred approach to work in a transformation environment.

Featured Report

Assessing Transformational Leadership

Core to our philosophy at Savannah Group is a strong belief that businesses need transformational leaders now more than ever. Transformational leadership is fast becoming one of the core facets of a desirable senior executive, as businesses look to build on their history while crafting a new point of view about what comes next. Leaders need to think, act and react differently to be successful and relevant in an ever-changing world. It is not enough to just repeat what brought about previous success. Our report explores why assessment of leadership in transformation environments is now so important and how to approach it.

Transformation Focused

Focuses on leadership in a transformation context – increasingly important in today’s fast-paced, ambiguous and complex working environment.

Additional Insight

Provides insight into ‘typical performance’, which is often hard to assess by other means (i.e. interviews or ability testing) and is typically used alongside background profiling and rigorous assessment.

Developed with Sova

Developed in partnership with Sova and Dr Alan Bourne, a well-known innovator in the world of psychometric assessment. It combines their psychological understanding with our experience and insight into what behaviours successful leaders demonstrate in a change environment.

The Pillars of Transformation Assessment

Fast and Digital-Ready

The Pillars of Transformation assessment can be completed quickly and works across any device. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and can be accessed via mobile, tablet or desktop computer making it ideal for busy executives.

The Pillars of Transformation Assessment

Unique Individual Insights

Our Pillars Assessment uses a trait-based approach. It plots each individual on six, ten-point scales that reflect the different types of behavioural traits important to leadership performance in transformation environments. The assessment ranks the two leadership behaviours that are most likely to come naturally to an individual when involved in transformation, and the behaviour that comes the least naturally and may require some development.

Limited Time Offer

What Type of Transformational Leader Are You?

For a limited time, we are opening up access to our tool to allow executives to take the Pillars of Transformation assessment and find out what type of transformational leader they are. Participants receive a full personalised report detailing their strengths and likely development areas, along with insight into your likely behaviour in relation to the six pillars. It takes around 20 minutes to complete, and can be completed on your mobile, tablet or computer.

Pillars of Transformation Assessment

The Six Behavioural Pillars

Our Pillars Assessment uses a trait-based approach. It plots each individual on six, ten point scales that reflect the different types of behavioural traits important to leadership performance in transformation environments. The assessment ranks the two leadership behaviours that are most likely to come naturally to an individual when involved in transformation, and the behaviour that comes the least naturally and may require some development.

Navigator
Navigating Ambiguity

Rapidly assimilates information and adapts focus to make quick and effective judgements; embraces ambiguity, complexity and risk.

Explorer
Creativity & Curiosity

Continuously learning and seeking new ideas; adapts approach and drives improvements in light of new insights.

Pioneer
Initiating & Driving

Proactively challenges existing approaches and pioneers new initiatives to drive meaningful change and transformation.

Collaborator
Nurturing Ecosystems

Proactively nurtures, develops and utilises internal and external relationships to inform and deliver meaningful transformation.

Survivor
Courage & Resolve

Confronts, learns from and quickly overcomes challenges; effectively manages their own emotions in times of change, discomfort or instability.

 

Guide
Inspiring & Driving

Understands and engages others to inspire, guide and reassure through the change process.

Additional Reports

Leadership Traits Assessment

In addition to the Pillars of Transformation report, The Leadership Traits report is a description of a candidate’s personality preferences in relation to the Savannah Leadership model. It depicts an individual’s likelihood to perform in line with the requirements of each of the leadership pillars which assesses an individual’s preferred style when leading and working with others, organisational thinking and managing emotions.

  • Leading and Working With Others
    Looking at how an individual is likely to cooperate, empathise, influence, support and connect with others.
  • Organisation And Thinking Style
    Assessing how goal-focused, structured, analytical, creative and adaptable an individual is.
  • Interacting and Managing Emotions
    Understanding their level of emotional control, independence and resilience.
  • Response Style Accuracy
    How accurately the responses are likely to reflect the individual.
The Pillars of Transformation Assessment

The Science Behind the Tools

Our Personality Questionnaire created in partnership with Sova is based on decades of factor analytic research into the universal structure of personality which defines five core factors of human personality. Our PQ follows the HEXACO model of personality, a six-factor model that is used to measure individual preferences, motivation and style at work including: Honesty-Humility (H), Emotionality (E), Extraversion (X), Agreeableness (A), Conscientiousness (C), and Openness to Experience (O).

  • Greater cross-cultural applicability than the ‘Big-Five’ alone which doesn’t include honesty and humility.
  • Ability to account for personality differences in cross cultural social behaviour and unethical business practices.
Organisational Psychology Network

Executive Development & Coaching

Executive Development & Coaching

Executive Coaching

Savannah has access to Organisational Psychology experts, able to provide in-depth executive assessments using either our own assessment tools or any of the popular alternatives along with detailed interviews. In addition, the Psychologists in our network can help coach and develop executives through times of transition.

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