Study: Leaders' Top Improvement Need: Ability to Energize Others

Mill Valley, Calif. / July 21, 2011 — Checkster, the leading talent assessment vendor leveraging collective intelligence, today released a study analysis that details the biggest misperception and area of improvement for leaders: the ability to energize their team.

Based on an analysis of more than 17,000 business, non-profit and government employees, the consistently number one area where people lacked performance and were rated lower by their colleagues was the ability to energize those same colleagues. Interestingly, it was also the dimension with the second largest discrepancy between managers’ self-perception versus the perception of their colleagues about their leadership competencies. But it comes often undetected, as many colleagues experienced them as better than they actually believe, and an equal number perceive them as worse, so the difference its cancelling itself out in the same team. This conclusion seems to show that leaders could benefit from using new ways to reach the people they are leaving cold and unmotivated.

To help leaders improve their energizing power, Checkster has made a one-page tips available to its users. To download it, click here.

Another interesting finding was that two thirds of people are seeing themselves as less competent to master their trade than their colleagues give them credit for. While leaders rated themselves lower than the “ability to energize others” on the ability “to master their industry and product knowledge,” their colleagues do not see them as low. This may be due to the traditional career path when individual contributors get promoted; while having the unconscious competence of their trade, they are very conscious of their lack of leadership skills. This finding can help leader better assess themselves, improve or hire complementary colleagues, and become more thoughtful about this practice.

“Our study not only uncovered that the ability to energize team members is a scarce commodity, but that leaders perceive their lack of product and industry knowledge versus people leadership as their top weakness,” said Yves Lermusi, chief executive officer of Checkster, the leading provider of talent assessment that leverages collective intelligence. “They are wrong and this inaccurate perception should be uncovered to enable strategic personal growth. That is why we have released a one pager on Energizing Tips and made our 360 feedback Talent Checkup free.”

To start a free Talent Checkup, click here.

About Checkster
Checkster is the leading Talent Assessment vendor leveraging Collective Intelligence. It provides organizations with cloud computing solutions to recognize and grow talent, with the help of colleagues’ feedback. Checkster’s products range from reference checkup to 360 feedback tools: The Reference Check 2.0 process, which assesses talent pre-hire by upgrading the traditional telephone reference check, to the new process of 360 Checkup, which provides developmental feedback to employees.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Checkster’s products are used by many Fortune 500 companies and providers of HR services. The company aims to improve the world’s productivity and harmony by increasing job fit and work achievement, as well as personal career satisfaction and fulfillment. Checkster leverages the latest technologies to offer its customers and candidates a unique, seamless experience for the ultimate impact.

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