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How Can HR Teams Use 360-Degree Leadership Assessments?

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In the world of HR, tools and techniques are continuously evolving to better understand, evaluate, and develop organizational talent. One such tool that has proven to be invaluable for leadership development is the 360-degree leadership assessment. At Launch 360, we’ve seen firsthand how these evaluations can transform leaders and, by extension, organizations. But how can HR teams effectively use this tool?


What is a 360-Degree Leadership Assessment?


Before we delve into its application, it’s essential to understand the concept. A 360-degree leadership assessment is a feedback system where an individual – typically a leader – receives anonymous feedback from people who work around them. This includes subordinates, peers, supervisors, and sometimes even customers.


Benefits for HR Teams:


  1. Holistic Understanding: Traditional performance reviews offer a limited perspective. A 360-degree assessment, on the other hand, provides a rounded view of a leader’s capabilities, competencies, and areas of improvement.


  1. Tailored Development Programs: With comprehensive feedback, HR can create personalized development programs for leaders, addressing specific areas of improvement.


  1. Boost Morale: When employees know their feedback is valued and acted upon, it can significantly boost morale and motivation.


How HR Teams Can Implement 360-Degree Assessments:


  1. Define the Purpose: The first step is to understand why you’re implementing the assessment. Is it for developmental purposes, performance evaluation, or succession planning? Clear objectives ensure that feedback is aligned with organizational goals.


  1. Choose the Right Tool: Not all 360-degree assessment tools are created equal. At Launch 360, we offer the ability to customize assessments to fit different organizational needs.


  1. Communicate Clearly: Before starting the assessment, communicate its purpose to all participants. Ensure anonymity and emphasize the constructive nature of the feedback.


  1. Training: It’s essential that those providing feedback understand how to give constructive, actionable insights. Consider providing brief training or guidelines.


  1. Action Plans: Post-assessment, HR should work with leaders to create action plans based on feedback. This may include leadership coaching, workshops, or courses.


  1. Feedback Loop: Ensure there’s a system in place for leaders to discuss their feedback, ask questions, and seek clarity. This helps in better understanding and acceptance of the feedback received.


  1. Regular Update: The business landscape and organizational needs change. Make it a point to update the assessment criteria and tools to stay relevant.




360-degree leadership assessments offer an unparalleled depth of insight into leadership capabilities and areas of growth. For HR teams, this tool isn’t just about evaluating leaders – it’s about harnessing potential, driving personal growth, and ensuring that organizations have strong, capable leaders steering the ship.


At Launch 360, we believe that every leader has the potential for greatness. It’s about finding the right feedback, tools, and resources to tap into that potential. So, if you’re an HR professional looking to elevate your leadership development game, it’s time to consider 360-degree assessments.

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