LECTICA Assessments

Decision Making - The essence of modern leadership

Less than 1% of senior leaders are currently capable of executing the task demands of their roles to maximum effect.

Do you want to double the amount of leadership learning your leaders achieve in a single year?

Are you tired of investing in behavioural diagnostics and assessments that:

  • Only measure opinions and not performance, 
  • Have very little evidence of creating leadership development & growth,
  • Show little or no improvement in leaders capacity over time, 
  • Have no viable way of measuring their ROI;
  • Are benchmarked against completely subjective norms.



Introducing LDMA (Lectical® Decision-Making Assessment). A highly validated leadership diagnostic created at Harvard University. Statistically proven to double the amount of leadership development and learning when used in conjunction with leadership development programs or coaching over a single year. 

  • Performance based
  • Contextually relevant
  • Completely objective
  • Proven to foster growth and development
  • Clearly measurable ROI  

Created from the latest research in adult development at Harvard University and validated in highly complex and volatile environments by the United States intelligence community such as the CIA and NSA. The LDMA is the next generation in performance based leadership assessment to meet the increasing demands of global complexity.

During the last 20 years, scholars and practitioners in many disciplines have identified a growing gap between the complexity of the workplace and the capabilities of leaders. This gap has contributed to what we refer to as a complexity crisis, in which leaders are forced repeatedly to make decisions without an adequate understanding of their ramifications. The LDMA was created primarily to help fill this gap, but is also used to learn more about the nature of the gap itself and its root causes. 

The Leadership Decision Making Assessment

The LDMA  is a learning tool that supports the development of leaders' decision-making skills. It presents a scenario of real-world workplace dilemmas, followed by questions that ask leaders to discuss the nature of the problems, describe solutions, compare these solutions, and describe ideal decision-making processes for real-life situations.

The LDMA was originally used specifically as a leadership development tool, but now is finding remarkable success in the following applications.

  • Leadership development
  • Work force planning
  • Succession planning
  • Talent identification
  • Leadership Assessment
  • Role calibration and design
  • Hiring and recruitment
  • Leadership program architecture

About lectical Levels and the LDMA

What does the LDMA measure?

The LDMA focuses on three aspects of decision making:

Collaborative Capacity: the ability to bring together diverse perspectives to develop inclusive, innovative, and effective solutions.

Contextual Thinking: the ability to consider problems in terms of the broader systems and contexts in which they are embedded.

Cognitive Complexity: the ability to think well about complex issues.

These three broad skills are represented in 8 scales, including

  1. Developmental level, 
  2. Perspective-taking skill, 
  3. Perspective-seeking skill, 
  4. Perspective coordination, 
  5. Collaborative capacity, 
  6. Contextual thinking, 
  7. Cognitive coherence, and
  8. Decision-making process.

 When the LDMA is embedded in leadership programs as a learning tool, it measurably and statically proven to double (on average) the amount of skill development in participants. 

Importantly, this development leads to improved decison-making on the ground and predicts similar improvements in the performance of peers and subordinates, while providing a personalised road map of ongoing development for each individual. To find out more about how LECTICA assessments can help you bridge the complexity gap and increase your organisational performance, contact us to talk to one our experienced consultants today.