Modern Tools for Leadership Development: Psychometric Tests

Psychometric tests are used to measure someone’s behavioral capacities, personality traits, and mental abilities. Psychometric testing can be useful in many different areas, though it is most commonly used by companies during the hiring process to assess a candidate’s fit for a particular role. At VForce, we utilize psychometric tests backed by leading clinical psychologists to inform our personalized leadership development curriculum.

Psychometric tests can measure a variety of qualities, including intelligence and personality traits. The most commonly used assessments are personality profiles, verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, logical reasoning, and situational judgement. These assessments can give valuable insights into someone’s leadership capabilities, like how they are likely to react in a team or leadership setting. 

Psychometric Tests for Leadership Development

It is crucial to focus on leadership development in 2021–only 13% of executives are confident that their organization has the right leadership to deliver on strategic priorities. Companies of all types are realizing that to survive in today’s complex and uncertain business landscape, they need new leadership skills and organizational capabilities. 

Rather than evaluating your leaders based on task performance or connections, psychometric assessments can tell you who has the necessary skills, competencies and characteristics to be a great leader. The results will give personalized feedback about a person’s leadership traits and competencies, while identifying key traits they bring particular leadership role. 

The character insights gained from psychometric tests can help leaders achieve their greatest potential by enhancing their leadership style and deepening their sense of self-awareness and understanding of others in the workplace. Before you can start working to become a better leader, it’s important to gain an understanding of where you currently stand: What is your management style? What areas are you already strong in, and what areas might there be room for improvement? 

Avoiding Leadership Derailment

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the most common derailments and triggers among faulty leaders. Psychometric observations can help you minimize these derailing behaviors among your leaders. Leadership derailment occurs when a leader unexpectedly underperforms or fails, and it can happen to leaders who were originally thought to be high performers. These derailment issues include: lack of self awareness, inability to learn from mistakes, problems with interpersonal relationships, trust issues, inability to change or adapt, over-reliance on strengths, and poor composure under pressure.  

VForce’s data-driven leadership development process uses psychometric testing to identify who you are as a leader, what your leadership style is and what your strengths and weaknesses are. This is how we begin to help you become the most effective leader you can be. Our unique, customized leadership assessment dives deep into leadership styles, managerial competencies, verbal deductive reasoning skills, and company culture. You will learn about how to manage a great team, what kinds of people work well together, and specific strategies for dealing with all types of personalities and situations.

There are tremendous advantages to a leadership development program that builds on data from psychometric assessments. Offering your employees the opportunity to continue their learning and development will lead to higher retention rates and happier staff members. Sign up for a complimentary consultation with VForce’s team of experts today to see how we can help you level up your business with our leadership development offerings.