Self-awareness is the foundation component of your personal and leadership development because it provides a valid starting point.
If you have a clear idea of who you are and what you stand for, and why, and how that translates to your leadership style then you will have more confidence in how to hone your leadership effectiveness.
The ILM-72 psychometric measure helps you understand your leadership style and effectiveness in comparison to generally acknowledged core competencies for leadership. I use it in my leadership coaching assignments where I need an accurate, contemporary and simple to use (15 minutes on line) measure that creates insightful reflection, conversation and understanding.
Developed by AQR, authors of the global leading mental toughness psychometric measure MTQ Plus, the ILM-72 was the result of a major study by AQR in association with the ILM, which assessed over 50 global leadership models. They found that all had their origins in the same components – 6 scales, which represented different aspect of leadership style.
As a result the ILM-72 can be used with almost every leadership model, either for individuals or aggregated to form a picture of the leadership style of a group.
The ILM-72 measures adopted style across six scales representing the six aspects of leadership style:
- Task vs Person – reflecting the extent to which the individual is orientated towards focusing on the task or the needs of individuals.
- Flexible vs Dogmatic – reflecting the extent to which leaders believe they know how things should be done or they are open to ideas and suggestions.
- Decentralised vs. Centralised – which reflects the need for a leader to control everything or they will delegate and empower others.
- Reward vs Punishment – which reflects the extent to which leaders recognise effort and achievement or deal with shortcomings through use of penalties.
- The Means vs The End – which measures the extent to which results matter for the leader and what may be sacrificed to achieve that.
- Structured v. Organic – which measures the extent to which personal style comes naturally or is achieved from text books and models and is structured.
Furthermore the research identified three core leadership competencies, which are crucial for leadership effectiveness and the ILM-72 assesses these qualities:
Determination to Deliver – this measures your drive for results and single minded determination to achieve a predetermined outcome.
Engagement with Individual – this describes your ability as a leader to enhance the capability, confidence and commitment of individuals to enable them to perform to their potential.
Engagement with Teams – the emphasis here is on cross-functional team working – a leader knows and supports how people work together across the organisation.
To learn more about the ILM-72 leadership tool contact us at Mental Toughness Partners.