THE VALIDITY OF THE HIGH PERFORMANCE LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES AS MEASURED BY AN ASSESSMENT CENTRE IN-BASKET
 
Spangenberg, H.H. and Theron, C.C., University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
 
The validity of the High Performance Leadership Competencies assessed by means of a full assessment centre has been confirmed by studies in the USA and UK. This study aimed to validate the High Performance Leadership Competencies assessed by means of an In-Basket which is a key assessment centre exercise. An In-Basket that reflects a complex, dynamic organisational environment was developed specifically for this study. The study was conducted in a business school environment. Positive results would encourage the use of this In-basket at entrance level for development purposes. Since previous research has shown that the High Performance Leadership Competencies are predictive of work unit performance, particularly in dynamic environments, an Environmental Dynamism and Complexity Survey was applied as moderator variable. In addition to work unit performance, six measures of managerial success served as criteria. Multiple linear regression was used to regress overall unit performance on the High Performance Leadership Competencies. In addition, hierarchical multiple regression analysis was used to control for the effects of environmental dynamism. Results and the implications of the study will be discussed.