Leadership Assessment

Whether your needs are for internal or external hiring, succession planning, high potential identification or developmental purposes, having an objective Leadership Capability Assessment is critical to making informed decisions.

Experience and data from thousands of assessments, suggests that internal or ‘self’ evaluations, is rather like ‘marking your own homework’. That’s why many successful companies insist on an independent evaluation of their leaders, with comparisons to external benchmarks.

Leadership Assessment


Helping clients determine leadership capability is what we do. Baxter Neumann provide independent assessment of external candidates as well as internal capability and potential succession… working in partnership with clients to find, keep and grow talented leaders.

Selecting the right assessment or development partner

Sophisticated businesses recognise the need to undertake leadership capability reviews, management audits and due diligence, as part of their governance process. It has long been recognised that an independent review is potentially more forensic and credible. Having an external perspective and benchmarked capability is something that an internal review alone cannot provide.

94% of participants rated the BN approach as the best Leadership programme they had experienced

Ultimately, it’s all about the experience and judgement of the assessment team. For this process to be successful, the external assessors need to be credible with those colleagues participating in the evaluation. According to client feedback, a key differentiator for the BN team is our ability to place the assessment process in a business/commercial context which is relevant to participants.

We are skilled in expressing judgements and presenting insights in simple and compelling language that every member of the executive/board (as well as the participants) will understand.

This is important, both to ensure successful feedback to the individual and for stakeholder/board briefings on the outcome of the process.

Our reports and presentations are customised to reflect their preferences, specific needs and house style. Apart from the solution content, strong project management and stakeholder communications are essential to ensure a successful outcome. Our capability and track record is first class in these areas.

Additional differentiators include:

TECHNIQUES: Leveraging the latest research and technology, based on best practise, data, analytics and above all, sound judgement.

EXPERT PROJECT MANAGEMENT, integration and collaboration with the client team to minimise potential disruptions and eliminate time and cost overruns.

SCALABILITY AND CUSTOMISATION: The solution can cover an individual assessment, a team or function, or an entire leadership population. (Multi-site, multi-country involving target populations of several hundred in Sales & Marketing, Programme & Project Management, IT, HR, Finance, Risk, Legal et al.)

What are we measuring?

According to McKinsey's Global Research Study (2016) there are 20 primary leadership behaviours which determine 'effective leadership'. 89% of leadership effectiveness is attributable to 4 behaviours:

  • Results Orientation
  • Problem Solving
  • Being Supportive
  • Seeking Different Perspectives

When Baxter Neumann conduct a detailed leadership capability review, for development, succession or selection purposes, we use the the most valid and credible tools in the market, including: the WAVE, Ability Testing, Hogan and 360 Feedback. Innovative evaluation techniques are supported by commercial insight and informed business judgment. This approach has been tested in literally hundreds of assessments at executive and Board level. In predicting performance, this approach works for single assessments, teams or for large scale capability reviews of several hundred colleagues.