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Assessment techniques for top executives

Kathleen A. Guinn (Principal of William M. Mercer, Incorporated, Pittsburgh, USA)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 June 1996



Presents barriers and benefits to top executive assessment. Discusses a range of techniques for top executive assessment and feedback. Explores pros and cons of psychological testing, individual competence assessment conducted by an external consultant and multi‐source assessment feedback techniques. Emphasizes the critical importance of selecting the right behaviours for assessing executive behaviour. Presents reliable approaches to identifying the right behaviours for the executive in a specific corporate culture and business strategy. Examples of competence models for executive leadership are included. Illustrates the various criteria for selecting among the available techniques and the applications of the different approaches through case studies.



Guinn, K.A. (1996), "Assessment techniques for top executives", Career Development International, Vol. 1 No. 3, pp. 9-14.




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