Assessments enable organizations to more critically align their talent decisions around specified work requirements, reducing bias that can stymie substantive progress toward diversity goals.

Fremont, CA: Psychometric evaluations have a plethora of advantages for recruiting and talent growth, which is why the majority of Fortune 500 businesses use them in some form or another, especially when assessing executives. The immediate benefits of using leadership tests to evaluate career prospects and current executives are well known to most HR leaders. Conducting evaluations for current and future leaders, on the other hand, is just the first step towards what can be considered as a larger, longer-term leadership development plan.

HR executives and other corporate leaders should look past the people being evaluated when conducting leadership evaluations.

Assessments reveal valuable truths and tendencies about professionals and can drive organizations to become more forward-thinking in terms of their talent needs, especially in the leadership arena. Psychometric tests come in a variety of flavors, including those that look at one's behavioral patterns, cognitive/critical thinking skills, motivational tendencies, and so on. Leadership assessments can:

Identify talent gaps in a team so that companies can concentrate on developing and recruiting leaders with the requisite skills and expertise for long-term institutional success.

Help eradicate groupthink by using an evaluative approach that is more deliberate and based on objective evidence rather than impressions and intangibles.

Promote diversity. Assessments enable organizations to more critically align their talent decisions around specified work requirements, reducing bias that can stymie substantive progress toward diversity goals. Very often, colleagues and I work with clients who, in principle, want to encourage or recruit women and people of color, but an affinity bias—an implicit propensity to gravitate toward people who are most like oneself—can result in a decision that perpetuates the current team's make-up.