The Evaluation of Leadership Skills
HUMAN RESOURCES RESEARCH ORGANIZATION ALEXANDRIA VA
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Problems in the development of leadership evaluation methods, within the context of soft skills systems engineering itself are discussed. Problems include the difficulty of finding a true expert, the general lack of clarity concerning ultimate criterion measures, and the fact that leadership skills are essentially disjunctive as most other soft skills probably are. The paper agrees with Whitmore as to the value of the behavioral scientist in soft skills systems engineering, but also cautions against theoretical biases that may lead to misdirected work, and misconceptions due to lack of experience as a line executive. Either may be counterproductive.