ILA Podcast

Leadership Assessments: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders

with Dr. Marcy Levy Shankman and Dr. Ralph Gigliotti


Scott talks with Dr. Marcy Levy Shankman and Dr. Ralph Gigliotti about their new publication, Using Inventories and Assessments to Enhance Leadership Development, Issue 170 of New Directions for Student Leadership. Topics include a history of assessments, assessment ethics, co-curricular tools, and more.

Quote From This Episode

“What we’ve learned is that assessments add tremendous value if used with intentionality, if linked with some broader theoretical frame, if facilitated appropriately, and effectively by individuals who are qualified to help with the assessment and the debriefing.”

About Dr. Marcy Levy Shankman

After five years as the Leadership Coach and Strategist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Marcy is now serving as the inaugural Chief Organizational Learning Officer. In this brand new role, Marcy continues to hold primary responsibility for providing leadership development support to the CEO, the District’s executive leadership team (“the Chiefs”), and 65-person Senior Leadership Team (SLT). Additionally, Marcy has been charged with designing and implementing a system-wide learning agenda for all employees of the District. Marcy lives in Shaker Heights with her husband Brett and loves being a mom for their two college-aged children, Rebecca and Joshua.

About Dr. Ralph Gigliotti

Ralph is Assistant Vice President for Strategic Programs in the Office of University Strategy and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at Rutgers University, where he provides executive leadership for a portfolio of signature academic leadership programs, consultation services, and research initiatives. He engages directly with academic and administrative leaders in strengthening the Center’s role as a hub for leadership development research and initiatives. He also serves as a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication, PhD Program in Higher Education, and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live.