In the realm of talent acquisition, promoting frontline employees into a leadership role can be a daunting task, especially from technically biased or lone-working roles prevalent in the rail industry. Leadership roles often demand oversight, planning, organization, and positive people management skills, which may not have previously been demonstrated by entry-level employees.

In a comprehensive move to support leadership recruitment, OPC Assessment proudly introduces the new LPI Manager Narrative Report, enhancing the effectiveness of its recently launched Leadership Potential Indicator (LPI) tool.

The LPI, is an online situational judgment test, that identifies five crucial managerial competencies:

• Being interpersonally skilled.
• Thinking skills such as effective decision making.
• Strong customer focus prioritizing external and internal customer needs.
• Driving performance. Achieving excellence in oneself and others.
• Leading others to deliver results.

Introducing the New LPI Manager Narrative Report

The new narrative report complements the LPI and the automatically generated profile report from Candela by providing a detailed ‘portrait’ of a candidate. Organized around the five LPI managerial competencies, it delves into specific competencies, highlighting areas of excellence, potential development needs, and behavioural responses in some typical work scenarios. The report assigns a candidate’s relative performance on a five-point scale and provides a written narrative in support.

For example, in the competency ‘Driving performance’ a high score might suggest a confident manager capable of consistent decision-making under pressure. Conversely, the report may highlight an area for improvement, such as ‘Interpersonal Skills’, by maybe suggesting that a candidate could face challenges in providing appropriate direction to team members.

Benefits for a recruiting manager

This innovative LPI Manager Narrative Report is invaluable for decision-making, particularly with external candidates, or those who don’t have any previous managerial experience. It provides a nuanced understanding of a candidate’s potential to be a leader and their supervisory skills. Additionally, the LPI and the Narrative Report for Managers can also serve as a developmental tool, identifying strengths and training needs for existing first line managers with leadership potential, helping create a more targeted Leadership Development Plan.

Developed by skilled OPC Assessment Psychologists through meticulous job analysis, industry research, and collaboration with senior rail managers, the LPI and its Manager Narrative Report reflect a deep understanding of managerial competencies. This expertise positions the new report as a reliable resource for effective decision-making in talent acquisition and leadership development.

Emily Wong, Business Psychologist at OPC Assessment said: “As psychologists, we emphasise the need to base recruitment decisions on tangible competency evidence when recruiting for leadership roles or any position. The new LPI Manager Narrative Report provides valuable insights into a candidate’s strengths and areas for development before promotion, essential for individual success, team harmony and organizational performance.”

Get in touch with the friendly OPC Assessment team if you’d like to hear more about the New LPI Manager Narrative Report or the Leadership Potential Indicator (LPI) tool.

Tel: 01923 234 646