The evaluation of two key leadership development program components: Leadership skills assessment and leadership mentoring.
The purpose of this journal is to evaluate two key components of leadership development programs which is a 360-degree assessment of leadership skills and mentoring leaders. There are three hypotheses which are leadership skills self-report assessment will be statistically different from leadership skills observer-report assessment, the higher the percentage of time a mentor spends on actual coaching rather than compliance, the more the mentee group will share information with the mentor and the group and the more mentor initiates personal contact with the mentee group, the more the mentee group will share information with the mentor and the group. Two methods used which are leadership development program and leadership mentor group. The participants that includes in the program are 303 individuals and 41 leadership mentors. The measurements used for 360-degree assessment was Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) (Kouzes & Posner’s, 1993 as cited in Solansky, 2010). Four-point Likert-type rating scale was used in gather information about mentoring leaders. The result from this study are there were significant differences between self scores and average observer scores for all five LPI scale, the coaching time and number of contacts are both significantly related to mentees willingness to share information with mentors and mentee group regarding their leadership issues. The empirical of this study will impact on understanding of what methodologies and development program components that suitable to incorporate into a program. The two key components in this study will provide a basis for assessing leadership traits and behaviors and effectiveness of mentoring. The findings in this study also show that mentor-mentee relationship will effective when mentor spend more time on coaching and initiates personal contact with the mentee group. This research also shows benefits that associated with including mentors in leadership development programs. As a conclusion, leadership skills assessment is critical to any leadership program to gauge leadership strength and weaknesses and change in them. The use of mentors also is a powerful tool for developing effective leadership behaviors. Mentors should be trained to effectively mentor and coach mentees and also should have time available to commit to the relationship.
Solansky, S.T. (2010). The evaluation of two key leadership development program components: Leadership skills assessment and leadership mentoring. The Leadership Quarterly, 21, 675-681.
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