Comprehensive Leader

Online Assessment with Feedback
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Visionary leaders are inspiring. Every organization, regardless of size or mission, requires leadership to be ready to manage all existing business while planning future growth.

The Comprehensive Leader is a 40-item assessment allowing participants to discover their personal leadership style, recognize their potential, and understand how to exercise visionary leadership realistically.

The online version of this assessment requires a subscription to the HRDQ Online Assessment Center

How It Works

The Comprehensive Leader is based on extensive research of both academic and practitioner literature on leadership. The Model of Comprehensive Leadership is based on the belief that active knowledge, or the continued act of gaining, building, and using knowledge, is at the center of strong, visionary leadership.

The Model of Comprehensive Leadership captures the four dimensions of leadership knowledge necessary for visionary leadership:

  1. Know yourself
  2. Know others
  3. Know your organization
  4. Know the world

Ultimately, HRDQ's study advocates that the key to successful, visionary leadership is both the knowledge and practical application of each of these dimensions. The assessment presents 40 statements regarding current leadership behavior. After scoring is complete, participants create a profile by plotting their subscores in the four dimensions of leadership on charts. Feedback scores provide a side-by-side comparison. Participants then review the 15 possible leadership profiles. Finally, thought-provoking questions encourage individuals to find insight from the assessment results and take action for improvement.

Uses and Applications

As with all HRDQ assessments, The Comprehensive Leader is effective as a stand-alone instrument or as a component of a larger training initiative.

This instrument can also be used as a complement to other leadership models. Ideas for building bridges between The Model of Comprehensive Leadership and other popular leadership models are presented in the Facilitator Guide. This is ideal for any type of workplace setting, from private companies and non-profit organizations to education institutions and governmental agencies.

Learning Outcomes

The Comprehensive Leader will help participants:

  • Understand the concept of strategic and visionary leadership
  • Identify the organizational benefits
  • Put these leadership principles into practice

Product Details

Product Type: Assessment and Workshop. The Facilitator Guide is an in-depth resource designed to help trainers swiftly administer the workshop and assessment.

Target Audience: A variety of leaders will benefit from this training tool, including team or department leaders, managers and senior-level contributors.

Measures: Behaviors limiting and expanding participants' management performance.


  • Relationship behavior
  • Learning initiatives behavior
  • Emotional behavior
  • Career management behavior

Time Required: 1.5 hours.

What to Order

Starter Kit: Order One Kit for Up to Five Participants & One Trainer.

Includes the Facilitator Guide, a 5-pack of paper assessments, and a 5-pack of Paper Feedback Forms.

Facilitator Guide: Order One Guider Per Trainer.

The Facilitator Guide makes preparation easy with comprehensive background information, and workshop guidelines. The guide also includes sample participant materials. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation.

Paper Assessment 5-Pack: Order One Pack for Up to Five Participants.

The print version is ideal for facilitators who prefer to oversee scoring and administration of the assessment if you don't know who the participants will be before the class begins, or if your learners do not have easy access to computers. It includes pressure-sensitive forms for scoring to aid manual tabulation.

Paper Feedback Forms 5-Pack: Provide at Lease Three Forms Per Individual. (Recommended).

Feedback Forms submitted by peers provide the data to create a second - or "feedback" - profile for each participant. They include a 30-statement assessment and pressure-sensitive response form.

Online Assessments with Feedback: Order One Per Participant.

The online assessment is administered to participants through the HRDQ Assessment Center and includes personalized reporting, full-color charts, interpretive information, worksheets, and action planning. A detailed report is delivered electronically to the facilitator/administrator when complete.

About the Authors

Laurie Ribble Libove is a specialist in strategic human resource management and organizational development. She has an MS from the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University and a BS in economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Eileen M. Russo is former vice president of research and development for HRDQ. She has a Ph.D. in social psychology with a minor in organizational behavior and an MS in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as a BA in psychology from Fairfield University. Her work includes research in social influence, group behavior, decision making, and perceptions of control at work.