Assessing Yourself From All Sides

By Katie Everett, The Lynch Foundation

Five years ago, I participated in an assessment called The Leadership Circle Profile.

Different from traditional competency-based approaches to assessment, it is a 360-degree assessment designed to accelerate your leadership and help you understand the relationship between how you habitually think and behave—and how all this impacts your current effectiveness as a leader.

Working as the executive director of a small foundation can be lonely and isolating. I found it very difficult to get authentic feedback from my grantees, and often it was difficult to engage the foundation’s trustees in meaningful performance reviews due to time constraints. In addition, having worked with this board for more than 10 years, both the philanthropy and my relationships have become very personal. All made the annual review process challenging.

When I found The Leadership Circle and learned that all my trustees could participate in an online survey, answering  more than 100 questions but taking less than 20 minutes of their time, I knew I had discovered something wonderful. Then I learned that all the answers were anonymous, meaning I could get my grantees to participate in a genuine process too.

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