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Technical Manuals

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Korn Ferry’s Emotional and Social Competency Inventory – Research guide and technical manual

The Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), developed by Richard Boyatzis and Daniel Goleman in partnership with Korn Ferry, is one of the most scientifically sound 360-degree measures of emotional and social intelligence. The ESCI focuses on a specific group of competencies that relate to outstanding performance for leaders and individual contributors. It is used by business organizations, education institutions, researchers, and independent consultants and coaches. The assessment is validated by a database of 80,000 participants from over 2,200 organizations.

This Research guide and technical manual presents the latest review of the ESCI’s psychometric-based properties and is built on the foundation of the updated global norm, an extensive source of behavioral data. It includes descriptions of the ESCI competencies and guidance on their use. It also offers summaries of recent empirical studies conducted by Korn Ferry, Boyatzis, and other researchers that underscore its descriptive and predictive utility in talent and leadership development.



Korn Ferry's Superior Performance Model Technical Report

Superior performance is achieved through creating organizational conditions that encourage people to put forth their best effort and invest energy in achieving the goals of the organization. Based on this belief, Korn Ferry has developed the Superior Performance Model, a multifaceted conceptual overview showing organizational and people components that improve key organizational outcomes.

Organization enablers start with defining purpose and vision—what the organization needs to achieve and why. The organization must have a clear strategic focus, which drives and supports choices regarding its operating model and structure, in order to achieve the vision and purpose. Also fundamental to achieving organizational goals is that people are clear on their accountabilities. These must be considered fair through being realistic and lead to rewards that are commensurate with performance. And superior performance can only be achieved if the people drivers are right. Employees must have clarity on what they need to do and how their goals align to the strategy. They must have the capabilities to perform and the commitment to succeed. Ultimately, what holds all of this together and encourages discretionary energy is the leadership of the organization.

This technical report presents the scientific basis for the Superior Performance Model. It integrates published scientific literature and research conducted by Korn Ferry, as well as a number of case studies providing rich examples of the relationships among the components.



Korn Ferry's Four Dimensional Executive Assessment - Research guide and technical manual

Korn Ferry's Four Dimensions of Leadership and Talent (KF4D) takes a contemporary, whole-person view of behavior. It values individual qualities that impact and govern leaders’ job performance in the areas of Competencies, Experiences, Traits, and Drivers. It provides predictive insights underpinned by data from 7 million executive and professional candidate profiles and 2.5 million assessments, spanning every industry, job function, and level from individual contributor to CEO. Korn Ferry’s Four Dimensional Executive Assessment is designed for supplemental use in the selection of leaders for upper-level management and executive roles.

The Research guide and technical manual provides a technical description of the Korn Ferry Four Dimensional Executive Assessment, including the scientific foundation and assessment methodology. The manual reports on Korn Ferry’s empirical studies designed to validate measures and underscore their descriptive and predictive utility in leadership selection.



Korn Ferry's Four Dimensional Executive Assessment - Technical Brief

The Technical brief presents a summary of some of the most salient information that is covered in much greater depth in the Research guide and technical manual. The brief describes the person measures assessed via Korn Ferry’s Four Dimensional Executive Assessment, i.e., Traits, Drivers, and Competencies. It provides insight into the technical features of the assessment, including how response faking is avoided through the forced-choice response model. The brief explains outcome prediction as well as how the assessment is designed to be fair and not disadvantage any group.



Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential

The Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential is a comprehensive assessment measuring the Seven Signposts of leadership potential: Drivers, Experiences, Awareness, Learning agility, Leadership traits, Capacity, and Derailment risks. It relates to what could be in the future, rather than what is in the present. It assesses capacity and interest to develop the qualities for successful performance in significantly more challenging leadership roles.

This Research guide and technical manual is designed to build your knowledge of the research behind the Korn Ferry Assessment of Leadership Potential, help you understand the Seven Signposts pointing to high potential leaders, and provide answers to some commonly asked questions.



Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™

The Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™ is a global competency framework. It comprises the 38 behavior-based leadership skills that enable someone, from entry level to the very top of the organization, to make a meaningful contribution in a dynamic business environment. These competencies are the “how” of performance.

This Research guide and technical manual is designed to help you understand the research behind Korn Ferry Leadership Architect™. It also provides findings from our normative studies and answers the questions most frequently asked about the competency framework.




Learning agility refers to the ability and willingness to learn from experience, and subsequently apply that learning to perform successfully under new or first-time conditions. viaEDGE® is an online psychometric self-assessment of learning agility.

This technical manual will help you understand the research upon which viaEDGE® is based. It presents the psychometric information and empirical research behind the development of the instrument. It provides some evidence of predictive and construct validity. The manual also answers the most frequently asked questions associated with the application of the assessment.