A. OLU OYINLADE Dr. A. Olu Oyinlade is professor and organizational sociologist at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Nebraska, Omaha. His research and consulting interests are in leadership effectiveness, employee motivation and alienation, job satisfaction, diversity planning and management in organizations, and organizational power. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
A Method of Assessing Leadership Effectiveness
Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2008
© 2006 Learning Systems Institute
Performance Improvement Quarterly
Volume 19, Issue 1, pages 25–40, March 2006
How to Cite
Oyinlade, A. O. (2006), A Method of Assessing Leadership Effectiveness. Perf. Improvement Qrtly, 19: 25–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1937-8327.2006.tb00355.x
- Issue online: 22 OCT 2008
- Version of Record online: 22 OCT 2008
Assessing the effectiveness of a leader is often a difficult exercise for many organizations. This is usually because most assessment procedures are influenced by organizational politics, they are not standard based, and the items on which a leader is assessed are undefined or poorly defined.
This study presents the Essential Behavioral Leadership Qualities (EBLQ) approach for assessing leadership effectiveness as an alternative method to commonly used assessment procedures. Among other assumptions, the EBLQ method is built on the assumptions that a leader should be evaluated on clearly defined behavioral qualities and his/her effectiveness rating should be standard based. Hence, the EBLQ method measures the effectiveness of a leader against the essentiality levels of behaviors deemed necessary for effective leadership. Leadership effectiveness is determined for each leadership behavior and for overall leadership performance.
The EBLQ method was demonstrated in the assessment of the leadership effectiveness of the principals of schools for students who are blind or visually impaired.