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Leader Attributes Inventory: Directions for Administering, Scoring and Preparing Feedback Reports (MDS-1049 and MDS-1049a)

J. Moss, Jr., Q. Jensrud

This booklet should be of particular interest to practitioners who are interested in administering the Leader Attributes Inventory (LAI) to groups of individuals, hand-scoring the data from those instruments, and providing individualized feedback reports to each participant for the purposes of leadership diagnosis and development. The LAI is a 37-item inventory that has been developed and tested to provide assessment data on 37 leader attributes.

It is assumed that a coordinator executes the process of administration, data collection, and providing feedback reports. Data collection consists of obtaining data from the person being diagnosed on a self-report form and from five individuals who know the person well using the observer forms. The feedback report consists of three charts: (1) a comparison of the self-report scores and the average scores from the five observers on each attribute, (2) a comparison of the average scores from the five observers and the average scores collected from a national norm group on each attribute, and (3) a prediction of leadership effectiveness.

The process of administration and generation of feedback reports is delineated in a detailed fashion, taking the coordinator from the initial steps of instrument preparation to the final stages of presentation of the feedback reports to the participants. This document contains the following: an introduction to the process, how to prepare the instruments, how to administer the instruments, how to follow up on nonrespondents, the process of preparing the feedback reports, the process for providing the feedback reports to the ratees, and alternative directions for administering the LAI by mail. There are 17 appendices that include such tools as calculation worksheets, blank forms, and charts. Examples of each step in the process are provided for clarity and ease of understanding.

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