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This file consists of my assessment on leadership qualities by Korn/Ferry International ProSpective Assesment Application through LinkedIn

This file consists of my assessment on leadership qualities by Korn/Ferry International ProSpective Assesment Application through LinkedIn

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  • 1. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsThese are your Top 5 Leadership Characteristics:Caring About OthersPeople matter to you. You take a personal interest in their well-being. You care about others,and you’re willing to help them when they are in trouble. You may be focused on gettingresults, but you make time for people. You take time to check in and see how they are doing.You are not afraid to show kindness and compassion. You recognize that you can be both astrong, respected leader and a caring, compassionate person. It is not a paradox for you. Youbalance caring and confidence as complementary leadership qualities.Managing UpYou relate well with higher management. You manage your career well. You know what youwant in your career. You are proactive in positioning yourself—your career aspirations andinterests—to leaders who will influence your career trajectory. You do not hesitate to takeadvantage of opportunities that showcase your skills to higher management. This requiresconfidence, but gaining support of your boss and senior leaders makes the risk worth it to you.Relating SkillsMost people would say that you are a likable person. You relate well to all kinds of people. Youmake other people feel at ease. You are genuinely interested in other people. And younaturally build relationships by inquiring about people’s interests, priorities, and perspectives.After spending time with you, people feel like they matter. Your positive, affirming naturemakes others feel important and valued. People are quick to offer the same respect andconsideration back to you.Communicating EffectivelyYou are clear and credible when you communicate. You are knowledgeable about the topic.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 1 of 14
  • 2. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsCommunicating Effectively: Top 5 Characteristics (Contd)You have an interest and a passion in the message. And you are in tune with your audience.You adjust your message and delivery appropriately for the audience. You are an articulate,engaging speaker and a strong writer. Your use of stories, visuals, descriptions, and tonecaptivate the reader or the listener. You effectively inform, persuade, coach, and inspire.Understanding the BusinessYou have earned a seat at the table. You have regular interaction with senior executives, andthey see you as a credible partner. You speak the language of business. With your high levelof acumen, you are able to analyze and speak intelligently about customers, competitors, andbusiness strategy. You have a clear point of view. The payoff is that many leaders seek youout to ask your opinion about the potential impact of business decisions.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 2 of 14
  • 3. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsPotential Blind SpotsBlind spots are characteristics that you overestimate. You are likely to see yourself as stronger in these skills thanothers see you. A self assessment can give you insight on potential areas for self improvement, however, askingothers for their input by doing a network assessment will give you far greater insight on your blind spots. Here areyour potential blind spots and some ideas for next steps:Balancing Work/LifeDoes your boss care if you have a life outside the office? Probably not. But most bosses knowthat a happy employee is an employee who spends time with friends, writes an occasionallimerick, and reads stories to his or her kids. • Just say no – You are the only one on earth who can push back on work when its time to eat a healthy lunch, exercise, attend your child’s recital, or have a relaxed dinner with your partner. In the long run, forgoing these things will likely decrease, not increase, your overall productivity. • Reset your standards – If you’re striving for perfection at work and at home, you’re in for a tough ride. Take a cue from the world’s most productive, successful people and give yourself room to be pretty darn good most of the time. This means you’ll get almost everything done by the end of the day and still have time for a quick round of Ping-Pong®. • Team up – Try teaming up with coworkers to create a backup system. Everyone needs to take a day off, sometimes unexpectedly. Serving as backup for one another can take the pressure off when you really need a break.Demonstrating Personal FlexibilityClearly, our world is in constant flux. And as the pace of change accelerates on all of us,organizations have become keenly aware of their need for people who can tuck and roll andkeep their balance in a context of continuous change.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 3 of 14
  • 4. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsDemonstrating Personal Flexibility: Blind Spots (Contd) • Keep learning – Getting better and better at something you’re already good at does not grow you as fast as pushing past your comfort zone and entering unfamiliar terrain. Seek out classes, opportunities to cross-team, or even lateral moves that will allow you to exercise new muscles and break up your routine. • Start again, and again – Resilience used to be a term used mostly in psychology and sports, but it’s creeping into the business lexicon. It refers to one’s ability to bounce back from setbacks, losses, or simple failure. Your grace in the face of such challenges and your ability to get back on the horse will communicate your resilience. • Think solutions – Where there’s a problem, there’s always a solution (or at least a brave attempt at one). Identifying problems is an important part of any job, but looking deep into the heart of a problem and coming up with a recommended course of action is what separates the truly nimble from the rest of us.Focusing on the Bottom LineRegardless of your level, and no matter how strategic your role, the mandate to deliver results,hit deadlines, and work within a budget never ceases. Part of being an effective leader islearning how to maintain efficiency in the face of complexity, ambiguity, and change. • Keep others informed – Make sure you’re providing both formal and informal updates to colleagues, stakeholders, and your boss. Accurate, up-to-date information will help others rest easy and trust you. Plus, when others know what you’re up to, they may offer ideas or flag barriers that could help you be more effective. • Take action – Analysis is important, but too much analysis can slow you down and interfere with the flow of your work. Don’t be afraid to pull the trigger, exit a situation of diminishing returns, or make a best-guess decision when information is limited or ambiguous. • Emphasize accountability – Setting and communicating clear goals is essential toKorn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 4 of 14
  • 5. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsFocusing on the Bottom Line: Blind Spots (Contd) keeping a team effort on track and closely coordinated. Enforce deadlines and rise to those standards yourself. Being a member of a fast-moving, challenged, high-performing team is intrinsically rewarding and keeps everyone focused on the goal.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 5 of 14
  • 6. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsPotential Hidden StrengthsHidden strengths are characteristics that you underestimate. You are likely to see yourself as weaker in theseskills than others see you. A self assessment can give you insight on potential areas for self improvement,however, asking others for their input by doing a network assessment will give you far greater insight on yourhidden strengths. Here are your potential hidden strengths:Keeping on PointYou have discipline. Despite all of the tasks and challenges vying for your attention, you sortthrough competing priorities and stay focused. You have your favorite tricks for doingthis—setting aside blocks of time, finding ways to minimize interruptions, making decisionsquickly. You know that it’s not enough to be busy. Your concentrated focus producesmeaningful accomplishments.Getting OrganizedYou are steady and calm in situations that others find overwhelming. When you are faced withever-increasing demands, when you are under pressure to keep up the pace, you approachyour work with focused attention and careful planning. You manage your time well. You havethe ability to call upon the appropriate resources at a moment’s notice in order to advance theproject or deliverable. You are constantly monitoring, thinking ahead, and making timelyadjustments in order to avoid obstacles and keep things moving on track.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 6 of 14
  • 7. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsProblem AreasProblem areas can be hard to talk about. However, we want to arm you with as much information as possibleabout the roots of success as well as known causes of derailment. Through studying the career trajectories ofthousands of individual contributors, managers, and executives, we’ve identified the five most common barriersto career success. If you suspect one or more of these areas is a problem for you, the section below will provideinitial steps toward improvement.Self-CenteredWho can argue with ambitiousness and self-esteem? No one. You have to believe in yourselfand promote yourself to get ahead in this world. But in the absence of real self-awareness,your efforts at self-promotion could be backfiring on you. Bringing self-awareness into the mixmeans paying close attention to your strengths and your weaknesses, opening yourself up tolessons and insights from others, and sharing wins with everyone who contributed along theway. A little humility can help you tone down the potential negative effects of healthy self-confidence. Letting go of your need to impress others will have the paradoxical effect ofincreasing your overall likability. Holding on to a self-centered approach with others can taxyour relationships and ultimately slow or stall your career progress. • Trace the source of your success – It’s easy, in the wake of a big success, to recall the ingenious contributions you brought to the table. But the simple reality is that practically nothing gets accomplished in a vacuum. Think back on all the doors that were opened, thoughts shared, and even extra grunt work done that helped push that ball toward the goal. Then hand out the thank-yous. • Work on your brand – Who are you to the people around you? Who are you in your organization? You might be charismatic and bright and talented and assertive, but unless you have the real support of others, your personal brand may be suffering. Try addingKorn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 7 of 14
  • 8. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsSelf-Centered: Problem Areas (Contd) “good listener, facilitator, collaborator, and encourager” to your repertoire. • Team build – Teams form around a sense of shared vision, effort, risk, and reward. People connect to efforts they feel personally invested and involved in. When someone on the team is overdriving or dominating the effort, the fabric of the team begins to fray. Hang back, draw people out, and let the synergy begin.Too NarrowIt was probably your deep level of expertise that got you noticed in school and later at work.People relied on your insights and technical prowess, your patience with complex ideas, andyour ability to get to the root of a problem or see a hidden solution. These skills won you somuch admiration and respect that they eventually got you promoted. Congratulations! Now forthe hard part: in this new role, you’re expected to do things that make little or no use of yourspecialized skills—managing people and projects, collaborating with other departments,hustling for resources, making strategic decisions, and solving operational problems. Nowwhat? Challenge yourself to break away from your comfort zone and focus on broadening yourskill set. Finding ways to continuously learn about things outside your field will give you freshinsights and augment your contribution at work. Holding on too tightly to what you know canmake you seem narrow and rigid and will likely slow or stall your career progress. • Deploy yourself – One of the most marketable experiences you can put on your resume is having worked in another country. What this communicates is your ability to function effectively in an entirely novel context. If moving out of the country isn’t on your list of things to do, reaching across departments or cross-teaming with experts from other functional areas can also stretch and grow you in ways that will pay off across the board. • Trust your instincts – If analysis is your game, you may not be making the most of your instincts. One of the rewards for developing true expertise in a particular area is that you’ve likely developed a sixth sense for when things feel right, wrong, or where an interestingKorn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 8 of 14
  • 9. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsToo Narrow: Problem Areas (Contd) solution might be hiding just out of sight. Don’t be afraid to break from the data occasionally and let your intuition be your guide. • Broaden your horizons – Being a good forecaster and strategic thinker requires keeping an eye out for patterns and trends across multiple fronts—science, business, and the arts. Challenge yourself to read journals from outside your area of expertise and watch for interconnections across systems (culture, demographics, economics, etc.). This will lead to unexpected insights in your own field and help you anticipate what’s coming around the corner.Doesnt Deliver ResultsOne of the most fundamental insights we’ve gleaned from years of researching career successand failure is that no one is immune to the age-old pressure of getting stuff done. The mostsuccessful individual contributors all the way up to the most successful CEOs share oneimportant trait in common: they deliver quality results on time. Do they deliver perfect results?Nope. But they are mindful of their commitments, keep their word, and follow through. Theirsecret to success is knowing how to separate the must-haves from the nice-to-haves,recognizing when a solution is “good enough,” and getting the ball over the goal line on time. Ifyou find yourself offering long-winded excuses as to why you missed a deadline, or choosingto do something perfectly rather than promptly, you likely need to improve in your ability todeliver results. If you take responsibility for your work, communicate your commitments, andfollow through, you will be on your way to rebuilding trust and credibility. Not doing so is likelyto slow or stall your career progress. • Show perfection the door – One of the primary reasons people fail to deliver results on time is that they’re overly invested in delivering a perfect product. Fear of failure, obsessing over the details, and fixating on doing things “right” are other signs of perfectionism. The irony is that perfectionism will cost you much more in the long run than delivering a less-Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 9 of 14
  • 10. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsDoesnt Deliver Results: Problem Areas (Contd) than-stellar but good enough product. Take a breath, go for the B+, and turn it in on time. • Take it frame by frame – Large projects can be daunting, and their distant deadlines can interfere with motivation. Break projects down into smaller parts and set weekly goals for yourself. Then, team with others to bring fresh energy and ideas to the table throughout the project. Having your project on other people’s radar can help keep you and your team accountable to the goals you set. • Internalize your locus of control – Owning your ability to influence outcomes communicates confidence. Others are naturally drawn to people who take ownership of their successes and failures, avoid a passive stance, and believe in their ability to affect change. The difference between “I influence the situation” and “The situation influences me” is subtle but significant and will help you gain a sense of power and effectiveness in your job.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 10 of 14
  • 11. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsKorn/Ferry InsightsHere’s how you compare to others:Caring About OthersMost people are moderately skilled in Caring About Others, and it is moderately difficult todevelop. Leaders who are skilled in Caring About Others also tend to be skilled in ManagingDiverse Relationships and Being Open and Receptive. Taking an interest in others andshowing kindness and concern demonstrate how much you value others and can impact yourability to lead and influence others.Managing UpManaging Up is a strong skill for most people across all leadership levels. However, it may notbe surprising that the skill improves as leaders move up to the manager and executive levels.Your ability to garner support from senior leaders gives you the opportunity to position yourideas and influence your career trajectory.Relating SkillsRelating Skills are particularly important at the individual contributor level. Most people’s skill inthis area is high, and it is moderately difficult to develop. Leaders who are skilled in this areaare also likely to be skilled in Managing Diverse Relationships and Being Open and Receptive.While the presence of these interpersonal skills may not be enough to get you promoted, theabsence of these skills can stymie your progression up the leadership ladder.Communicating EffectivelyCommunicating Effectively is particularly important at the individual contributor level. Thenumber of people who are good communicators tends to be lower at the individual contributorKorn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 11 of 14
  • 12. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsCommunicating Effectively: Korn/Ferry Insights (Contd)level but steadily increases among managers and executives. With a little effort, this skill is nothard to develop. The ability to tailor your delivery and clearly articulate your points buildscredibility for both you and your message.Understanding the BusinessUnderstanding the Business is moderately important at all levels of leadership and is linked tosuccess early in your career. The skill level for most people in Understanding the Business isvery high, so you will need to combine it with other skills to pull ahead of the pack. One of thereasons most people have this skill is that it’s easier to learn, compared to other skills. Yourknowledge of how businesses operate and your expertise in your functional area are likely tobe considered price-of-admission qualities.Keeping on PointKeeping on Point is very important across all leadership levels, particularly at the managerlevel where it is highly correlated with strong performance. However, the skill level for mostpeople in Keeping on Point is moderate when compared to other leadership skills. Fortunately,it is easier to develop than most leadership skills. The ability to set priorities and stay focusedis not common—it will differentiate you from your peers.Getting OrganizedGetting Organized is important at all leadership levels, particularly at the individual contributorand manager levels where it is highly correlated with strong performance. Most people aremoderately skilled at Getting Organized, and for those who need to improve, it is easier todevelop than most leadership skills. Planning, marshalling resources, and multi-tasking arekey, especially for leaders who are charged with efficient execution.Balancing Work/LifeBalancing Work/Life ranks among the lowest skills for leaders at all levels, and it is harder toKorn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 12 of 14
  • 13. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsBalancing Work/Life: Korn/Ferry Insights (Contd)develop than most leadership skills. Ultimately, the way you balance between work and life isa personal choice. The ability to consciously make trade-offs and get what you want out ofyour career and personal life will help you balance career achievement with other things youvalue.Demonstrating Personal FlexibilityDemonstrating Personal Flexibility is a very low skill for most people. It is also harder forpeople to develop because it involves the willingness to respond to feedback and to change.Change can be hard for people, and personal change can be even more challenging. Peopleoften overestimate their ability in this area; it is a common blind spot across all levels ofleadership. Enhancing your ability to adjust, adapt, and flex in response to feedback orchanging conditions will make you a resilient and nimble leader.Focusing on the Bottom LineFocusing on the Bottom Line is critically important. It is highly correlated with performance andpromotion at the individual contributor and manager levels. Most people tend to be good atthis, partially because organizations clearly communicate their desire for people who getresults, and it’s easy to identify and measure this skill in others. Focusing on the Bottom Lineis a non-negotiable for anyone who wants to succeed at work.Self-CenteredSelf-Centered is a staller that can slow your career progress. Compared to other stallers, it isless likely to be a problem for most people. It is somewhat harmful to success, and it is aknown derailer, particularly at the manager level. Being too ambitious, arrogant, oruntrustworthy will be perceived negatively and can derail your career or cause it toprematurely plateau.Too NarrowKorn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 13 of 14
  • 14. ProSpective Assessment Anand Kumar Rajanas Assessment ResultsToo Narrow: Korn/Ferry Insights (Contd)Too Narrow is a staller that can slow your career progress. Compared to other stallers, TooNarrow is more likely to be a problem but tends to be least harmful to success. Many leaders,particularly at the individual contributor and executive levels, underestimate this problem tosome degree. This area is a known derailer, especially at the executive level. Over-reliance ona single skill set or area of expertise can brand you as someone who lacks perspective or isstuck in the past.Doesnt Deliver ResultsDoesn’t Deliver Results is a staller that can slow your career progress. Compared to otherstallers, Doesn’t Deliver Results is least likely to be a problem, but it is most harmful tosuccess. It is a known derailer, especially at the individual contributor and executive levels.Being disorganized, wasting resources, and being unproductive will result in a work productthat does not meet expectations or exceeds budgets and deadlines.Korn/Ferry’s ProSpective Assessment is an online assessment tool created by Korn/Ferry International to assist LinkedIn users with their careerdevelopment. Leadership characteristics are based on research by Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. linkedin.kornferry.com Copyright © 2011 Lominger International, a Korn/Ferry company. All Rights Reserved. Page 14 of 14