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PCL talks; webinar series. Episode 4


Episode 4: How to Identify Leadership Blind Spots 

Blind spots limit opportunities, impact relationships and ultimately affect our ability to lead and influence effectively.

So, what’s the good news? Well, using focused assessment we can help to mitigate these performance risks before they even become a problem.

We each have our own underlying risk strategy propensities that impact the numerous decisions we find ourselves making each day. Decisions we make as humans are never risk free; they are framed by our ability to weigh up opportunity against uncertainty. The Risk Type Compass identifies each individual’s unique predisposition to risk using an 8 point typology. Each Risk Type has unique characteristics that underpin these daily choices. As there is the potential for risk in almost everything that we do, i.e. those 35,000 decisions we make per day – this puts risk personality at the forefront of our leadership behaviours.

So, how can this help us identify potential counterproductive behaviours?

Cue…The Hogan Development Survey


The Hogan Development Survey (HDS), introduced in 1997, identifies potential derailers that can have a limiting impact on a leader’s ability to build and motivate a successful team. These derailers are linked to extremes of our personality that can become counterproductive when overplayed – this can happen when we are not managing our social impression as well as usual, either because we’re under stress or pressure, or tired or unwell, or also at times when we simply don’t feel the need to impress others. Feedback from the HDS can be a great first step for a leader to begin to build self-awareness around these potential shortcomings and to start to manage these behaviours more effectively.

With this in mind, how can we apply insights from the world renowned Hogan Development Survey to enrich our interpretation and understanding of the eight Risk Types shown in the Risk Type Compass? We’ve been busy analysing data to see whether specific Risk Types were more likely to elicit certain Dark Side behaviours, as informed by the Hogan Development Survey, So join us on the 27th October to learn more about these findings.

When? 27th October, midday GMT. Suitable for HR professionals, psychologists, consultants & coaches alike.

How do I attend? All of our PCL talks webinars are held via Zoom, allowing you to tune in from the comfort of your own home, phone, desk or favourite café…

Who are the hosts? 

Louisa Bülow, Business Psychologist at PCL, holds a BSc in Psychology from Loughborough University and an MSc with distinction in Occupational Psychology from City University of London. She is also a BPS qualified Psychometric Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing (formerly known as Level A and B). At PCL Louisa specialises in the Risk Type Compass tool as well as being responsible for delivering and coordinating our BPS Test User Ability and Personality training as well as our Hogan Certification trainings.

Bianka Varga, Consultant Psychologist at PCL, holds an MSc in Occupational Psychology from City University of London and she is a BPS qualified Psychometric Test User in Occupational Ability and Personality Testing (formerly known as Level A and B). Her professional interests include designing and delivering up-to-date, evidence-based assessment tools and development programmes for organisations. At PCL, Bianka expertly delivers our trainings and team sessions as well as facilitating assessment centres, consultancy projects, individual assessments and client liaisons.

Upcoming webinars

Please see below for the upcoming webinar schedule in the PCL Talks series. Register your interest via the sign-up form, we’d love to see you there! 

17th November: ‘How to Use Psychometrics Throughout the Employee Lifecycle’

8th December: ‘How to Understand a Triarchic Model of Human Nature: 45 minutes that explains the inter-locking between the three Hogan instruments’

12th January: ‘The Hogan Story’

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