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Looks Good on Paper?Using In-Depth Personality Assessment to Predict Leadership Performance$
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Leslie Pratch

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168366

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168366.001.0001

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Looks Good on Paper?

Leslie S. Pratch

Columbia University Press

This book describes a depth-psychological approach to executive assessment based on psychoanalytic insights and how a psychological quality called “active coping” contributes to effective business leadership. Assuming a sustained motivation to lead others, it argues that it is the potential for “active coping” that is central to predicting effective leadership. Although traditional selection criteria based on past performance and achievements are indispensable, the book asserts that they do not adequately predict how a high-achieving person will handle new, unanticipated crises or, more generally, how anybody will perform in a new leadership role. The focus of depth-psychological analysis is on understanding the personality qualities of effective leaders, especially business executives, including their ability to act with consistently high integrity and to demonstrate sound, timely judgment when they occupy positions of power.

Keywords:   depth-psychological analysis, executive assessment, active coping, business leadership, selection, executives, effective leadership

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