Discuss the six fundamentals of using assessment for growth-focused succession planning

Using Assessment for Succession Planning

In the United States, assessment processes are often used to determine which individuals have the capability to grow into new, more challenging leadership positions. Based on this week’s readings, discuss the challenge of leadership succession management. Then, referencing your Scott and Reynolds (2010) textbook, required readings, and at least one additional academic sources, outline an approach for ensuring that succession planning makes appropriate use of assessment.

At least 1750 – 2100 words (or 5 -7 pgs) in length (excluding title, abstract and reference pages), address the following:

  1. Identify the challenges inherent in determining who should be promoted within an organization. What factors need to be considered in identifying potential candidates for leadership positions?
  2. Discuss the six fundamentals of using assessment for growth-focused succession planning, as outlined by Paese (2010), identifying the critical aspects of each fundamental. Support your discussion with references to additional academic sources.
  3. Identify the different types of assessments that may be appropriate for use in succession planning and briefly describe their purpose.
  4. Propose a set of “best practices” for using assessment for succession planning, including quality considerations for assessment processes.


  1. Textbook:

Scott, J. C. & Reynolds, D. H. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of workplace assessment. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Additional Resources:

Paese, M. J. (2010). The Role of Assessment in Succession Management. In D. H. Reynolds, & J. C. Scott, Handbook of Workplace Assessment: Evidence-Based Practices for Selecting and Developing Organizational Talent (pp. 465-494). California: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Riggio, R. E. (2008). Leadership development: The current state and future expectations. Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, 60(4), 383-392.

TRACOM Group. [TRACOM Group]. (2010, February 3). TRACOM’s SOCIAL STYLE Model HD Version. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/wRBx8IkV-kQ (Links to an external site.). This video from Tracom provides an overview of a Social Style assessment. *Closed-captioning available.

TRACOM Group. [TRACOM Group]. (2010, February 3). TRACOM’s Versatility & SOCIAL STYLE HD Version. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/6qqfi1A9qac (Links to an external site.). This video from Tracom expands on the overview of the Social Style assessment to explain the Versatility component of the assessment. *Closed-captioning available.

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