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Leadership Assessment at the Top

Leadership Assessment at the Top
By Ng Siew Kang | Leadership Consultant (Southeast Asia & Greater China), Spencer Stuart

Accurately predicting which executives will succeed in a senior leadership role, particularly that of a CEO or other mission-critical senior positions, is crucial for organisations. However, it has proven to be challenging for most companies.

To complicate matters, executives at this level are highly accomplished. They speak compellingly about their capabilities and experience. They are driven to influence others, and are often good at it. This makes accurate assessment extremely difficult, particularly in distinguishing exceptional leaders from the great and the good.

In this article, we will explore the characteristics of the most effective executive assessments and how Spencer Stuart has developed an assessment approach that generates the rich insight needed to make the most important leadership decisions.

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About the Author
Siew Kiang Ng leads Spencer Stuart’s Leadership Advisory Practice for Southeast Asia and Greater China, advising clients in succession planning, executive assessment, leadership team effectiveness and culture transformation. Siew Kiang works with global and local clients across sectors, including PE-backed investments and M&A situations.

Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Siew Kiang was with the Economic Development Board, where she advised entrepreneurs and family-owned businesses to set up businesses and residence in Singapore. Before that, Siew Kiang served as the director of human resources, responsible for talent acquisition, development and engagement. The early part of her career was in promoting Singapore as a location for global oil and chemicals companies to invest in.

Siew Kiang holds an executive master’s degree in consulting and coaching for change from INSEAD, an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a chemical engineering degree from the National University of Singapore.