Too much of a good thing is often not a good thing. Consider this scenario: Your recent candidate had “Above Average” or “Superior” marked for all the selected competencies on his final report. It sounds like you have a promising candidate, yet the consultant marked the recommendation with “slight reservations.” He may still be a suitable candidate worth consideration, but the lower recommendation may be to alert you that he has the potential to be overusing some of his most valuable qualities. What would overuse look like? A candidate with a superior level of rule-consciousness would be very ethical and concerned about the quality of his products. But rule-consciousness overused could result in a high level of inflexibility and an unwillingness to adapt.
Leadership Alliance wants to be able to let you know more accurately when your candidate is overusing a strength to the point where it could cause problems for him and for your organization. In the near future, we will be redesigning our report format to include an “Overused” column on the Competencies section of the first page (see picture above). If any candidate has a competency marked “overused,” the consultant’s written report should include some explanatory text to help you understand the implications of an overused strength. We are always trying to find ways to give you more helpful information regarding your candidates and are optimistic this change will do so. Please contact your Leadership Alliance consultant if you would like to discuss the new report format in greater depth.