Benchmarks is a comprehensive, 360-degree assessment tool that measures 16 skills and perspectives that are critical for success. This type of an analysis gives executives an objective assessment of their skills and a comparison of those skills to similar managers in other organizations. This ultimately allows the behavioral trainer and individual to focus on and create strategies for development in specific key areas. Benchmarks is the assessment of choice for experienced managers who seek feedback from their boss, peers, and direct reports.The success areas measured include:
  • Strategic perspective
  • Being a quick study
  • Decisiveness
  • Change management
  • Leading employees
  • Confronting problem employees
  • Participative management
  • Building collaborative relationships
  • Compassion and sensitivity
  • Putting people at ease
  • Respect for differences
  • Taking initiative
  • Composure
  • Balance between personal and work life
  • Self-awareness
  • Career management

Benchmarks identifies potential areas that stall careers:

  • Problems with interpersonal relationships
  • Difficulty building and leading a team
  • Difficulty changing or adapting
  • Failure to meet business objectives
  • Too narrow a functional orientation

The newer version of Benchmarks provides ample opportunity for participants to write in comments. Two questions are asked:

  1. What are this person’s most significant strengths? Please explain
  2. What are this person’s most significant areas for development? Please explain.

When to Use Benchmarks

For executive coaching and leadership team development at the local or division levels.

View a sample Benchmarks Feedback Report.

View a sample Benchmarks Group Profile.

My review of: Using the Benchmarks Assessment for Leadership Development.

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