There are many theories about and techniques for determining the right leadership styles for an organisation. The situational leadership theory, for example, argues that the best type of leadership is determined by situational variables and that no one style of leadership pertains to all given workplace situations.

For example, the leadership style that is required by a head of corporate security would obviously be vastly different from the leadership style of an art museum director: authoritative versus creative or charismatic. Identifying the leadership style for an organisation by using this approach includes identification of the type of work, the complexity of the organization, and the qualifications of the followers.

One of the main reasons for the high failure rate of new CEOs (estimated to be more than half) never make it past the four-year mark is because of poor organisational fit. Ability can take leaders only so far if they are not compatible with the company culture.

Here are three ways that you can assess leaders’ fit:

#1  Get to Know Them Better

Psychological and behavioural assessments have been statistically linked to current and future success in leadership roles.

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#2  Understand the Culture Better

Ask your board, employees, vendors, consultants, and others with connections to the organisation for insights into what makes an effective leader in the company. Use both sets of information to find alignments or disparities. If there is a glaring cultural conflict be ready to find a better candidate who possesses the unique skills your organisation requires.

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#3 Identify Current and Potential Leaders Within the Company

To evaluate potential leaders in the organisation, a leadership program needs to identify the expected leadership skills and competencies.

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