The Advanced Leader Report is intended for seasoned executives. It analyzes the leader in-depth along multiple dimensions. Its tone is mature, respectful and direct. It is designed to cause the leader to stop and take notice of the observations being made.
The "I Opt" Advanced Leader Report uses the "I Opt" 24-question survey as its input document. This is the same survey as used for all other "I Opt" reports. Since they are based on the same technology, these reports will not conflict and can be used in combination.
For example, the Advanced Leader Report can be coupled with the Change Management Report to help a firm gear its leaders to an upcoming change. Or, it might be used with the Sales Report for senior Sales/Marketing executives. Because all of the reports draw on a common basis, there is no risk that they will conflict or confuse.
The Advanced Leader Report is written at an 8th grade reading level in a mature, respectful tone. It neither "speaks down" nor unnecessarily elaborates. It adopts a "matter of fact" posture so that it can be used without being concerned about whether it is appropriate to the audience. The report:
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The Advanced Leader Report is not wedded to any particular normative model (models that define the "right" way to do something by referencing some kind of standard). This means that it can be used in conjunction with any valid normative model. This also means that it can be used to personalize classroom training without disrupting established programs.
The report can also be used on a standalone basis. It can be given to an individual as a personalized self-guided leadership development program. The report does not require any knowledge of "I Opt." It can be understood and used by any seasoned executive without external assistance.
The Advanced Leader Report can also be used as a part of a mentoring or coaching program. Its companion Coaching Report serves to guide the coach or mentor in helping the leader critically examine his/her leadership style. In combination, the two reports serve as a guide to the systematic improvement in leadership performance.
The Advanced Leader Report is universal. It focuses on activities, processes and methods common to all leadership situations. Areas such as delegation, planning, control and motivation are examples of kind of items the report addresses. They are fundamental to leadership at every level, in every area and in any situation.
The report is not wedded to any particular normative model (models that define the "right" way to do something by referencing some kind of standard). This also means that it can be used in conjunction with any valid normative model. This means that it can be used to personalize classroom training without disrupting established programs.
The Report also identifies the strengths that the person brings. Like vulnerabilities, these lie in different places. Finally, it offers some suggestions on the person might better align their style with the change situation that is being confronted.
The "I Opt" Change Management Report is designed to be compatible with all Change Management Programs and paradigms. It does this by focusing on the information processing fundamentals that are common to any and all change situations.
The Coaching Report is written at an 8th grade reading level in a mature, respectful tone. It Is keyed page-for-page to the Advanced Leader Report. It is not intended to function as a standalone assessment.
The Coaching Report always explains to the coach why a particular series of observations or questions is being offered. This prepares the coach to answer unexpected questions that may arise. It can also help guide the session along profitable avenues that may arise in the course of the coaching process.
The thrust of the Coaching Report is to provide both development and performance. On the development side it helps the leader see his/her leadership style in general terms. This gives the leader tools to assess how they might apply in future career situations. In performance terms, the combination of reports relates the leader's style to the particular individuals and groups for which they are now responsible. Thus the reports provide both long and short-term benefits for the people involved.