Abstracts: November 2nd, 2000

Zaccaro S J, Mumford M D, Connelly M S, Marks M A, Gilbert J A
Leadership Quarterly, (USA), Spring 2000 Vol 11 No 1
Start page: 37. No of pages: 28

Describes a measure set for assessing leader performance in cognitive and problem solving terms. Profiles the constructed response format developed from measures originally proposed by the authors in a 1991 paper. Explains the scenario-based problems, the ill-defined nature of the problems, and the expert evaluation component of the measure set, uses military scenarios in the example problems. Looks at problem-solving skills under cued and un-cued conditions. Identifies skills as problem construction, information encoding, categorization, idea evaluation, solution implementing and monitoring. Tests the measure set and application procedure in a validation exercise employing 1807 US Army officers. Outlines the series of measures employed to ascertain other participant attributes, i.e. Alternative Headlines Test of writing ability, and the senior officer opinions that constitute the required expert judgement. Analyses participant responses, claims that the patterns revealed by the analysis provide initial validity for the measure set and application procedure.

Subject(s): LEADERSHIP, PROBLEM SOLVING, DECISION MAKING, COGNITION, SCENARIO PLANNING, MEASUREMENT, PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL, ARMED FORCES

Style: Theoretical with worked example
ISSN: 1048-9843. Reference: 29AN934

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