Leadership Academy Assessments 

The stressful and ever-changing work of child welfare requires skilled and adaptable leaders. “To be an effective leader means to deeply reflect on events that surround oneself that have reference to how you see your own behavior and actions influencing others. To reflect means to know oneself, to be consistent with one’s self, and to have a positive and strengths-based orientation toward one’s development and the development of others” Leveraging Effective Practice (Avolio, 2005). 

The Leadership Academy curriculum includes two assessments to expand participants’ self-awareness as a leader. You will need to explore your organization’s capacity for implementing these two assessments as reflected in the Leadership Academy 360° Assessment and CliftonStrengths Assessment Planning and Delivery Timeline.

360° Assessment

NCWWI evaluators developed this assessment to complement NCWWI ‘s Leadership Competency Framework. It provides leaders with information on their workplace performance through self-reflection and feedback from supervisors, colleagues, and staff who work closely with them. This enhances their insight into how aligned they are with key constituents and provides avenues for leadership development and improvement. 

The 360° Assessment is designed to: 

  1. Allow managers to reflect on the leadership behaviors associated with the dimensions training will address.
  2. Enhance participants’ leadership development by highlighting areas they could focus on improving as they progress through the training.
  3. Move evaluation efforts beyond self-report measures of participants’ leadership knowledge and skills to gathering objective data from others, allowing for a more rigorous evaluation.

How results are communicated, and what mechanisms are in place to support participants’ learning and assistance, are important predictors of whether the 360° Assessment leads to continuous improvement efforts. Using the 360° Feedback Guidance for Coaches provided in the Coaching Guide, coaches can ensure participants understand the feedback, process their feelings about the feedback, and consider areas for development. 

There are costs associated with administering the NCWWI-specific 360° Assessment. Please contact the Butler Institute for Families Working Well Collaborative for additional information. 

An alternative to administering the 360° Assessment is using the Leadership Self-Assessment included in the NCWWI Leadership Development Toolkit. This assessment is based on the NCWWI Leadership Competency Framework and reflects the core competencies of being a successful leader. This is strictly a self-assessment and does not include the opportunity for feedback from others. 

Clifton-Strengths Assessment

Strengths-based leadership asserts that individuals gain more when they build on their greatest talents rather than when they try to correct their weaknesses. “The path to great leadership starts with a deep understanding of the strengths you bring to the table” (Rath & Conchie, 2008, p. 3). Enhancing your effectiveness as a leader involves the practice of investing in your strengths. 

The Academy recommends the CliftonStrengths assessment and references this work in the curriculum. Costs are associated with this assessment, so while it is recommended, it is not required. If your organization does not purchase CliftonStrengths or opts for a different assessment, you will need to customize some of the trainer curriculum materials to fit your assessment. Please review this example, Predictive Index in Fundamentals of Leadership, to see how one agency customized virtual delivery Leadership Academy materials to fit their assessment.

Alternative assessments are provided in the Leadership Academy Discovery Tools. These assessments provide opportunities for participants to deepen their self-awareness and inform their reflection on their leadership style and how their beliefs and behaviors impact others.