In Alignment, Effective Communication, Leadership

The Straight A Leadership Assessment diagnoses a given organization in the key areas of: (1) alignment, (2) readiness for change, (3) fundamentals, (4) self-awareness, (5) consistency, and (6) accountability.


Alignment within and across an organization means aligned goals, aligned behaviors, and aligned processes. Sample questions we might self-reflect on as a leadership team to determine alignment of:

Goals (Scorecard Objective Evaluation System): Are these outcomes aligned across levels of leadership and communicated to the workforce as priorities?

Goals (Leader Development): Is there a system in place to build the leadership skills for all leaders to achieve success?

Behaviors (Always Behaviors): Is there a system to validate that leaders are applying the skills and doing so with quality?

Behaviors (Performance Management): Is there a system in place to retain the  high-performers, to develop and retain the solid performers, and/or to move the sub-par performers up or out of the organization?

These self-reflective questions and the process of administering the Straight A Leadership Assessment provides a first step that leaders can take to gain insight about perceptions focused on the factors influencing high-performing educational systems. We have found that the tool leads to many “ahas” inside systems to provide data that leaders can use to create a road map for maximizing performance.

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Studer Education administers the Straight A Leadership Assessment free to school districts interested in improving their performance with a goal focused on excellence. If you and your leadership team are interested, please contact my colleague Mr. Ryan Hess ( to discuss whether the Straight A Assessment would be right for your district.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. We partner with school districts to champion places to work, learn, and achieve. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Filed under: How to Lead… Tagged: #MaximizePerformance, Alignment, Communication, Leadership, Straight A Leadership

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