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SuccessFinder’s New Research Uncovers Unique Behaviors Key to Climbing Career Ladder

Ladder of Leadership

MONTREAL, Jan. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SuccessFinder, a talent assessment and career success prediction company, today announced the findings of it “Ladder of Leadership” research, which shows a direct correlation between the most successful business leaders and specific behaviors at first/intermediate-level, senior-level and C-levels of management.

The new research collected over a two-year period, used a database of over 1,000 high performing managers.  The findings suggest three types of behavioral competencies that are required for success at —and between— each level:

  • Always on: Two fundamental behavioral competencies are important at every level of management — to lead decisively and thrive in chaos.
  • Leap: There are a few bridging behaviors between first/intermediate to senior-level management and a different set between senior and C-level management.
  • Lead: And there are a few competencies unique to each leadership stage.

“As a behavioral researcher, I wanted to understand the details around the What got you here won’t get you there mantra,” said Dr. Laurence Crevier-Braud, Research Director at SuccessFinder. “What our team found is that there are key competencies that all leaders need, and others that are distinctly different at each rung of the corporate ladder.”

For example, the research found at mid-management level it is crucial to be able to build consensus. But at senior management level, it’s more important to demonstrate character. By the C-level, the most important people skill is exercising political influence.

“Our clients are calling this a game changer”, said Jocelyn Bérard, Sr. Vice President, Leadership Assessment and Development at Optimum Talent, a large executive development and talent management consulting firm.

This type of research, in addition to the unique predictive cloud-based SuccessFinder assessment test is driving customer demand and investment. In fact, since the company relaunched the brand 12 months ago, it has posted double digit growth.

About the Ladder of Leadership Research
SuccessFinder research has created a framework that shows clearly the behavioral propensities that characterize exceptional performance at each leadership level, as well as the transitional behaviors that will be necessary to adapt from one level to the next.  It is the practical application for managing in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) world.

The database for the research consisted of 1,003 high performers, including: 711 first/intermediate-level managers (including managers and directors); 209 senior–level managers (including senior directors and vice-presidents) and 83 CEOs. The KPIs used to identify high performers included:

  • Tenure (10 years or more in the role)
  • Consistent managerial ratings (composite average of 3-5 supervisors’ ratings of the individual’s performance in a formal yearly performance review)
  • 360º feedback results
  • Special designations/awards

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About SuccessFinder                                                              
SuccessFinder is a talent assessment and career success prediction company, proven at more than 75 global and mid-sized organizations.  Its robust cloud-based platform is used to predict — with 85% accuracy — the “behavioral DNA”​ connection between people’s behavioral traits and their likelihood to succeed across more than 500 unique roles. Don’t hire for skills and hope for behavior: map the traits that matter with SuccessFinder.

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SuccessFinder’s CEO Research Shows Parity Across Key Leadership Skills Between the Sexes

Yet, even with statistically higher IQs, female executives still hampered by “Imposter Syndrome” and lower self confidence than male counterparts


MONTREAL, Quebec — March 8, 2017 — In connection with International Women’s Day, SuccessFinder, a talent assessment and career success prediction company, announced the findings of its CEO-level research comparing leadership competencies between male and female executives.

Male Female CEOsThe research compares nearly 200 female and male CEO’s and top executives across behavioral dimensions associated with high performance leadership: problem solving style, work habits, motivation, self-awareness, human relations, coping strategies, lifestyle priorities and vocational incentives.

“As a behavioural researcher, I wanted to know if women really come up short in the competencies that make great leaders, or if it is more an issue of perception versus reality that could be holding them back,” said Dr. Larry Cash, founder of SuccessFinder, who led this research. “What I found is that it is a case of mistaken perception and significantly lower self confidence on the part of female leaders.”

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SuccessFinder Launches New “Behavioral DNA” Assessment Business

Optimum Talent Spin-Off Launches New Brand, New Talent Management Cloud Solution, and Adds HR Tech Veterans to Management Team


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MONTREAL, Quebec — January 26, 2017 — Today, the fast-growth corporate behavioral assessment business of Optimum Talent has been divested and launched as a stand-alone business, called SuccessFinder. To leverage its momentum within the quickly-scaling $5 billion Talent Management software market, SuccessFinder is also launching a new cloud-based version of its tool and has hired HR tech industry heavyweights to lead its business and marketing efforts and position the business for explosive growth.

The new company is based on a unique “behavioral DNA” assessment process which identifies and compares 85 behavioral traits of individuals to the characteristics of the most successful people across more than 500 unique career roles, as a benchmark. SuccessFinder’s behavioral assessments are proven across more than 75 leading organizations and universities including: Aldo, Hatch, Maple Leaf Foods, McGill University, McKesson Canada, Morrison Hershfield, New Brunswick Power, Sanimax, Sun Life Financial, SSQ Insurance, and Yamana Gold.

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