The NE&TO Leadership Success Factors Inventory (LSFI) is an instrument intended to measure the essential factors of leadership success in technical settings and to provide feedback and recommendations to individuals regarding their leadership competencies; both their strengths and areas of potential growth.
Disclaimer: The interpretive information contained in this report should be viewed as only one source of hypotheses about the leadership competence of the individual being evaluated. No decisions should be based solely on the information contained in this report. This report was generated as a result of participation in a leadership competency research program. The results contained within this report are confidential and are intended for training and developmental purposes only.
NLSFI Interpretive Report
by: Patrick Sherry, Ph.D.
The LSFI is designed to measure your leadership competencies and provide information about how you and others view your leadership and managerial skills and behaviors. A leadership competency is a measurable, behavioral characteristic of a person that is related to effective performance in a specific job, organization, or culture. Competencies are distinct sets of behaviors applied to reliably complete a task that is directly linked to a critical outcome. These characteristics are defined in terms of specific leadership behaviors, and therefore can be developed. Leadership competencies commonly group together behaviors or similar behaviors. Please find a description of the specific behavioral skills that make up each competency in the paragraphs below. To eenable you to better understand your competencies a series of charts and graphs will follow that depict the extent of your competencies, according to the assessments of you and your rater. The feedback provided in this report can help you identify the competencies you have mastered and also offer insight on the competencies that you may wish to further develop or continue to devote attention.
In this report you will find your scores that have been organized into 12 primary leadership competencies. Your own assessment of each leadership competency is presented first by itself, and then it is compared to the average competency rating for persons in similar positions in your organization. In other words, you will first see your score on each competency and then a comparison to the average score obtained on the competency by others in similar positions in your organization. It is important to remember that the results in this report are simply one measure of your abilities and should NOT BE interpreted in isolation from other feedback about your leadership abilities. Please keep in mind that there may be several reasons why you scored above or below average on certain competencies. Thus, even though a below average score can be a good way to identify future areas of concentration to improve performance, below average scores DO NOT automatically indicate that you are below average in regards to abilities in that area. Finally, for each compentency, this feedback report contains links to resources and ideas for action that can be utilized for personal development.
Chart 1 provides a snapshot of how you rated your leadership abilities on each of the competencies making up the 6 leadership competency clusters measured by the LSFI. To interpret these results, please notice high and low score areas to determine your leadership strengths and areas for growth. The scores have been converted to a standardized score (T score) to allow for meaningful comparison across each competency. Later in the report you will find a listing of the behavioral characteristics that comprise each competency. Please review the behaviors that determine your competency scores for development purposes.
In most jobs, it is helpful to know your areas of lesser talent, as your lesser talent areas can lead to a weakness. As you observe your high and low score areas in the chart above, see if you can identify a few areas in which you are lacking in talent. In most cases, simply gaining awareness of a deficit or perceived deficit can lead to tremendous growth in your capability of managing that talent area and ultimately prevent it from becoming a road block.
Chart 3 shows how you assessed your own leadership abilities compared to the average for all managers providing self-assessments. Each of the specific competencies underlying the primary six competency clusters is shown. This chart is intended to provide you with a snap shot of how you rank on each leadership competency in comparison to your peers. Group averages were determined based on the entire sample of NE&TO managers that completed the LSFI.
Chart 4 shows how you assessed your own leadership abilities compared to the average of all assessments made by your peers. This includes anyone that completed the feedback form on your behalf including supervisors, direct reports, other peers and customers. Again, each of the specific competencies underlying the primary twelve competency clusters is shown. This chart is intended to provide you with a measure of how, as a group, key individuals rank you on each leadership competency. Below you will find definitions for each competency, ideas for development, and resources for growth.
Chart 5 shows how you assessed your own leadership abilities compared to the average of all assessments made by individuals identifying themselves as your Direct Reports. This measure does not include supervisors, customers or anyone else from whom you requested feedback. Again, each of the specific competencies underlying the twelve primary competency clusters is shown.
Chart 6 shows how you assessed your own leadership abilities compared to the assessment submitted by your supervisor. This chart does not include assessments completed by any other peers such as, direct reports, other peers or customers. All of the specific competencies underlying the primary six competency clusters is shown.
Chart 7 reflects data for your department only. This chart shows the average self-assessment ratings for all those who participated in your department versus the average ratings provided as feedback by members of your department. All competencies are reflected in a line chart format. As with all the charts, you can obtain exact ratings by hovering your mouse over any portion of the chart. Below you will find definitions for each competency, ideas for development, and resources for growth.
Ratings by Item: Self-Assessment vs. Avg. of All Observers including Observer Variance (STD)
|1||Fosters identification of new ideas and products||5||4.50||0.50|
|2||Encourages new and better processes||5||5.50||0.87|
|4||Always seeking a better way||5||4.75||0.83|
|5||Says it “doesn’t help our department” or “Not invented here” or “this is the way we did it at AT&T” or “we’ve always done it this way”||6||5.00||0.71|
|6||Recognizes genius ideas||4||4.25||0.43|
|7||Creates a positive environment to foster out of the box thinking||5||4.50||0.87|
|8||Takes a new or innovative idea and combines it with the business strategy needed to make a truly great product that sets the stage for the industry across the backbone||6||4.75||0.43|
|9||Ties the new ideas together with other ideas to make them work in the org and for the customer||5||4.50||0.50|
|10||Works hard to achieve common goals||5||4.75||0.83|
|11||Works to identify and align goals to reduce internal competition||5||4.75||0.43|
|12||Consistently draws on strengths of other teams to produce synergistic cooperation||5||5.25||0.83|
|13||Ignores boundaries and Includes multiple disciplines on projects||5||5.00||1.00|
|14||Considers the impact on other parts of the organization when making a decision||5||4.50||0.50|
|15||Behaves as if we were all “One COMCAST”||5||5.25||0.83|
|16||Puts up roadblocks||5||4.75||0.83|
|17||Blocks access to resources||6||4.75||0.83|
|18||Develops shared mutual goals||6||5.00||0.71|
|19||Proactively brings people together||5||4.50||0.50|
|20||Focused exchange and sharing of information up & down throughout the organization||4||5.00||0.71|
|21||Collaborates with others even when no immediate pay off to self||5||4.75||0.83|
|22||Does what he/she says will do||5||4.50||0.50|
|23||Keeps others informed when deviating from the plan||6||5.25||0.83|
|24||Keeps his/her word||4||4.25||0.43|
|25||Gives others credit for contributions||5||4.75||0.83|
|26||Engenders the trust of others in the organization||6||5.50||0.87|
|27||Takes responsibility for informing all concerned parties of needed actions||6||5.50||0.87|
|29||Makes it safe to talk about weaknesses & mistakes||6||5.50||0.87|
|30||Is ok with admitting own mistakes||5||4.00||0.71|
|33||Sees a plan through to timely completion||5||5.00||0.71|
|34||Prepares for inevitable pot holes & pit falls and develops plans to overcome||6||5.50||0.87|
|35||Tests procedures for consistency & reliability to a “six sigma (6?)” standard||5||5.25||0.83|
|36||Does what it takes to get it done||4||5.00||0.71|
|37||Has an end to end understanding of the process and the system||4||4.50||0.50|
|38||Prepares and trains team for flawless execution||5||4.25||0.43|
|39||Assess the risk and plans for it||6||4.75||0.43|
|40||Flexible in adjusting to changing circumstances||5||4.25||0.43|
|41||Doesn’t break a lot of glass||5||4.25||0.43|
|42||Keeps the focus on results at all times||4||5.25||0.83|
|43||Looks carefully at the landscape and sees opportunities for the future||5||5.25||0.83|
|44||Consistently grasps the big picture of the business environment||5||4.75||0.43|
|45||Brings together new ideas and concepts from other industries and disciplines to discussions on new products and directions to provide value to paying customersIntegrates market information to develop effective plans||6||4.50||0.50|
|46||Can map strategy onto the day to day operations||5||5.00||1.00|
|47||Finds and develops new markets for new products||6||5.00||0.71|
|48||Points out that we are on the wrong path or solving the wrong problem||5||5.25||0.83|
|49||Translates strategy into action||5||5.00||0.71|
|50||Will focus on building this “one little thing”||5||5.25||0.83|
|51||Takes time to think about and discuss the overall direction of the company||5||5.00||0.71|
|52||Anticipates what others need to know in order to maximize the effectiveness of the entire organization.||5||4.50||0.50|
|53||Ties his decisions, even the unpopular ones, to business needs||5||5.00||0.71|
|54||Effectively delivers the message to multiple levels of the organization||6||5.25||0.83|
|55||Engages others in two-way exchange to ensure understanding and receipt of the message||5||5.25||0.83|
|56||Promotes a climate of information sharing||5||5.00||0.71|
|57||Asks questions to obtain information||4||4.75||0.83|
|58||Makes people feel understood||5||5.25||0.83|
|59||Listens attentively to others concerns||4||5.00||0.71|
|60||Demonstrates empathy for staff and other audiences||5||5.25||0.83|
|61||Relates well to DIFFERENT audiences||5||4.75||0.43|
|62||Makes people feel like they were listened to||5||5.00||0.71|
|63||Is concise and easily understandable||5||5.00||0.71|
|64||Will challenge the status quo||4||5.00||0.71|
|65||Will speak up if has concerns||5||5.25||0.83|
|66||Asks questions that go beyond what is simply required||5||4.50||0.50|
|67||Looks to do the right thing||4||5.00||0.71|
|68||Confronts dysfunctional or unproductive behavior directly||4||4.50||0.50|
|69||Makes the lonely decision||5||5.25||0.83|
|70||Stands for his/her convictions in the face of adversity||5||5.25||0.83|
|71||Has the courage to fail||4||4.00||0.00|
|73||Puts self and personal reputation on the line as needed (js)||5||5.25||0.83|
|74||Takes the time to promote others career development||5||5.25||0.83|
|75||Provides consistent feedback to others||5||4.75||0.43|
|76||Provides others with consistent support needed to learn new skills||4||4.75||0.43|
|77||Develops relationships that mentor and facilitate growth||4||5.00||0.71|
|78||Will have the “tough” conversation needed to get people back on track||4||5.00||0.71|
|79||Places a high value on coaching and developing others||5||5.00||0.71|
|80||Adapts leadership style to the needs and developmental readiness of his/her followers||5||5.50||0.87|
|81||Communicates an expectation of exceptional performance.||5||5.00||0.71|
|82||Lets people know with expectations that they can outperform themselves||5||4.25||0.83|
|83||Can talk about a person’s weaknesses in the form of challenges that can be met instead of as personal deficiencies.||5||4.50||0.50|
|85||Is able to self-monitor||4||4.75||0.43|
|86||Asks for feedback||5||4.75||0.83|
|87||Balances work and personal life||5||5.50||0.87|
|88||Has a good internal compass||6||5.00||0.71|
|89||Challenges self to achieve additional growth||4||5.00||0.71|
|90||Accountable and responsible||5||4.75||0.43|
|91||Puts self on line for results and accepts consequences||4||4.50||0.50|
|92||Sets a really good example||5||5.00||0.71|
|93||Makes tough decisions about people||4||3.50||0.50|
|94||Is a really good role model||5||5.25||0.83|
|95||Typifies the consummate Comcast professional||5||3.75||0.43|
|96||Demonstrates a high degree of integrity||4||4.75||0.83|
|97||Approaches dealings with customers and internal business partners with a high degree of professionalism||4||4.50||0.87|
|98||Demonstrates an appropriate and balanced degree of ccountability across boundaries for functional NEATO and COMCAST.||4||4.75||0.83|
|99||Actively seeks input and reactions from customers and internal business partners.||4||4.75||0.83|
|100||Has developed an empathy for customers and internal business partners needs and requirements||4||4.75||0.83|
|101||Puts customers and internal business partners concerns ahead of others||6||5.00||0.71|
|102||Does not lose sight of the goal of customers and internal business partners satisfaction||1||2.50||0.50|
|103||Reminds others of the need for customer and internal business partners focus||5||4.50||0.50|
|104||Conducts studies on customer satisfaction||5||4.50||0.50|
|105||Redesigns products based on customers and internal business partners input||5||4.50||0.50|
|106||Cant articulate customers and internal business partners needs and expectations||5||5.50||0.87|
|107||Works without considering impact on customers, end users and internal business partners.||5||4.75||0.43|
|108||Is aware of the needs of both customers and internal business partners.||5||5.50||0.87|
|109||Misses opportunities to fully engage and add value for customers and internal business partners||5||5.50||0.87|
|110||Partners effectively across COMCAST to effectively serve the paying customer||5||5.50||0.87|
Competency Cluster Definitions
Cluster 1: Credible LeadershipThe Credible Leadership scale is a measure of the degree of integrity and ethics that the leader possesses and utilizes in decision-making and leadership practices. It is also intended to be a measure of technical abilities. A portion of this cluster is comprised of safety management practices. Credible leadership is thought to be leadership that is driven by honesty, trustworthiness, fairness and moral judgment. High scores on the Credible Leadership scale indicate that the individual is honest, trustworthy, and fair. They most likely demonstrate respect for employees at all levels of the organization, appreciate diverse opinions and ideas, and demonstrate high personal standards. Leaders that score high on this scale also possess technical expertise and value safety. They would most likely put emphasis on the safe performance of the job over getting the job done.
Is honest and trustworthy; makes ethical decisions when faced with conflicting choices; puts business ahead of personal agendas; demonstrates respect for employees at all levels of the organization; demonstrates high personal standards; appreciates different ideas and perspectives; values people over production.
2: Technical Knowledge
Is able to use software and other technologies effectively; exercises fiscal responsibility; allocates equipment and resources appropriately; is capable of answering technical questions within his/her area.
3: Safety Culture Management
Puts the safe performance of the job first; uses the best safety practices available; promotes a culture of safety; holds meaningful and constructive safety meetings; focuses on identifying the root cause of safety incidents and not on placing blame; is a model for the use of safe work practices; provides necessary training and/or tools to safely perform the job.
The Safety Culture Management competency is a group of behavioral characteristics found to relate to outstanding safety practices. This cluster is meant to be a measure of skill in performing various behaviors related to the best safety management practices.
High Safety Culture Management scores indicate a strong value for safety. Leaders who score high in this area regularly perform behaviors that are thought to be critical for the safe performance of the job. They most likely utilize resources available to them to enhance safety and promote a culture of safety (i. e. , model safe practices such as putting on a helmet, reinforce someone reporting a safety issue even if it slows down the work, etc. ).
Low Safety Culture Management scores indicate a tendency of the leader to allow work to be done despite safety measures being put in place and maintained. Individuals who score below the mean in this area may not know how to productively confront unsafe work habits of subordinates or know how to identify the root cause of safety incidents.
Cluster 2: Innovative LeadershipThe Innovative Leadership cluster is a measure of one's ability to strategically and creatively approach problems in a composed, creative manner while considering the strengths and input of those around them. This cluster assesses one's ability to come up with new ideas and solutions to recurring problems, ability to bring out innovation in those around them, and skill in finding new ways to approach ongoing conflicts.
Cluster 3: Coaching LeadershipThe Coaching Leadership cluster is a measure of one's ability to influence, inspire, and effectively develop other team members. Essentially, this is a measure of one's ability to help others grow and evolve as a professional. This cluster provides a snapshot of the leader's skill in helping other's shine. This cluster is comprised of the Developing Others, Coaching, Builds Trust, and Training Utilization competencies.
Cluster 4: Collaborative LeadershipThe Collaborative Leadership cluster is a measure of one's ability to form meaningful networks within the organization, rally support fo