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The development and validation of a graduate leader competency questionnaire: Arguing the need for a graduate leader performance measure

Jacques S. Pienaar, Carl C. Theron
African Journal of Psychological Assessment | Vol 3 | a61 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ajopa.v3i0.61 | © 2021 Jacques S. Pienaar, Carl C. Theron | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 May 2021 | Published: 17 September 2021

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Jacques S. Pienaar, Department of Industrial Psychology, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Carl C. Theron, Department of Industrial Psychology, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa


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Abstract

This article deals with the need for the conceptualisation and operationalisation of a modern graduate leader performance construct and the development and psychometric evaluation of a (graduate) leader competency questionnaire. The need for an investigation into the graduate leader performance construct is motivated against the backdrop of the availability of a new generation of leaders given the impending retirement of the world’s most senior management talent. Generation Y is singled out as a critical resource pool whose leadership potential needs to be tapped to enhance organisational performance and improve the economic fortunes of our country. However, it is pointed out that our understanding of this generation, as well as the psychological mechanism that determines how leaders influence various aspects of an organisation, work group or team to bring about optimal performance at a collective level, is fragmented and incomplete. Accordingly, we make suggestions for expanding contemporary conceptualisations of competency models so as to merge an expanded form of a competency model with the notion of a nomological network in providing a comprehensive explanation for the psychological mechanism that regulates graduate leader performance within organisational settings. The explication of such a competency model logically needs to start with the conceptualisation of the graduate leader performance construct. The validation of such a competency model will necessitate in future, amongst others, a measure of the competencies comprising the graduate leader performance construct as well.

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competencies; competency modelling; Gen Y; graduate; leadership; nomological network; performance; talent

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