In the article, Characteristics of Leadership Effectiveness: Implementing Change and Driving Innovation in Organizations by Gilley, Dixon, and Gilley (2008), we find a simple but operational definition for its use here.

According to the article, a good leader “communicates appropriately and significantly motivates others” to forward the organisation’s mission.

To this end, not only is it imperative for an organisation to have a vision, but to clearly communicate that vision in such a way as to empower and enable each employee to stay on the correct path towards achieving that vision.

To achieve this, one would, therefore, need to employ certain characteristics or skills to be a successful leader. Some of these characteristics and skills include possessing a strong comprehension of the language that they need to convey their vision through; have strong logic (with numeracy and trainability as its origin) to achieve better decision making and problem solving; be task and people-oriented; have strong self-efficacy (belief in their ability to achieve their goals); be trainable in order to learn and then teach, empower and lead by example; have credibility; possess a balanced decision making ability; understand how their personality impacts their team and how to better balance teams and assign work according to an individual’s personality; and lastly, to be creative in their approach.

Based on the above constructs, it is clear that leadership and talent are requisite.  The Ad Astra Leadership Potential Assessment is a holistic and scientific tool that both individuals and organisations can use to achieve this.


The Ad Astra Leadership Potential Assessment identifies gaps in the following areas:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Trainability
  • Personality
  • Leadership Style
  • Decision Making Style
  • Creativity
  • Self-Efficacy (which is an individual’s belief in their ability to achieve their goals)

The Ad Astra Leadership Potential tool has been successfully used by the Macsteel Group amongst other organisations to identify skills gaps, enhance career path planning, motivate staff, re-organise divisions, enhance Employment Equity efforts, identify talent, better engage employees, improve success rates of learnership programmes, effectively balance teams, and enhance decision-making processes; amongst others.

Sebata Municipal Solutions – a technologies company geared toward the public sector – offers the gap analysis tool to organisations as a means to improve their human resource capital.  If you are interested in sampling the Ad Astra Leadership Potential assessment tool, contact Graham Reid on +27 79 887 5496 or 011 218 8080 (Ext 5558).

By Graham Reid