Leadership Architect® Sort Card Deck 5th Edition—9 languages available



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Sort for development success

The Leadership Architect® Sort Card Deck is made up of single cards devoted to each of 67 Leadership Architect® Competencies, 19 Career Stallers and Stoppers, and 7 Global Focus Areas. Each card includes the skilled, unskilled, and overused skill definitions.

The Leadership Architect® Sort Card Deck is for:

  • Individual learners working on their own development
  • Bosses, supervisors and managers working on the development of someone who works with or for them
  • Coaches, mentors and feedback givers

The common language of competencies

Competencies in the Leadership Architect® Suite provide a common language to help users identify the skills and behaviors needed to succeed. Decks can be used for:

  • Competency modeling
  • Conducting performance appraisals and initiating performance improvement programs
  • Gap analysis
  • 360º evaluation and team evaluation
  • Assessing interview candidates and matching people to job requirements

Use With

We recommend using this with…

Leadership Architect® Sort Cards Quick Reference Guidea user-friendly, easy-to-follow color guide offering step-by-step instructions on the most common card sorts, how to use tally sheets, and effective ways to formulate group card sort results.

The Leadership Architect® Research and Interpretation Guide with updated with 2013 global norms and performance correlation data, features double-sided illustrations that depict supporting research for using the Leadership Architect® Competencies, Stallers and Stoppers, and Factors and Clusters.

FYI For Your Improvement™ 5th Editionan easy-to-use reference that has become the standard for leadership development at thousands of companies around the world. Compare yourself to skilled and unskilled definitions of leadership competencies. Find remedies that can help you improve in skills that are mission critical for your career.

Leadership Architect® 2013 Global Norms Reports—incorporate norms data and analysis on two different levels—Competency level and Career Stallers and Stoppers level.

Learn More

Read a sample chapter of FYI For Your Improvement™ 5th Edition.

Download a copy of an overview of the Leadership Architect® Suite.

Find out What's New with the Leadership Architect® Sort Cards and Quick Reference Guide

Download an Executive Insights article—Setting the Stage for Success: Building the Leadership Skills that Matter.

Download a copy of the whitepaper The Art and Science of Competency Modeling: Best practices in developing and implementing success profiles.


Make talent management execution easier

Two talent management best practices have been shown to make talent management program execution easier—adherence to a consistent, common language of development and access to research-based content.

Integrating research-based content

Automating your talent management systems? We have partnered with leading technology vendors to deliver value by integrating our research-based and experience-tested content. Our Leadership Architect® Library is just one example of our research-based content.

The Leadership Architect® Library is made up of 67 competencies. Competencies are the measurable characteristics of a person that are related to success at work and include:

  • Behavioral skills
  • Technical skills
  • Attributes (such as intelligence)
  • Attitudes (such as optimism)

Partnering with experts

We partner with software vendors so you can easily use our content in a system you already have in place or plan to implement. These partners provide access to our content and the flexibility to meet your talent management needs:

  • Cornerstone OnDemand
  • Halogen Software
  • Oracle/PeopleSoft
  • Peoplefluent
  • SuccessFactors
For more information email alliances at alliances@kornferry.com.

Using your own system

If you like our content but don’t see your technology vendor listed or you want to create your own database or reference library, contact our licensing department at licensing@kornferry.com. A license will let you use this content within your own talent management processes and materials or in your own database.


License Leadership Architect® Sort Card content

Leadership Architect® Sort Card intellectual property license lets organizations embed competency language into existing systems, leverage familiar technology to streamline new program initiatives, and gain early buy-in for new programs.

Organizations can use a Leadership Architect® Sort Card intellectual property license to create derivatives that may include:

  • Presentations
  • Worksheets
  • Memos
  • Job descriptions
  • Employee Management Systems
  • E-mails

Using Leadership Architect® competencies

Leadership Architect® Sort Card intellectual property license includes competency titles and skilled, unskilled, and overused skill definitions and can be used to:

  • Create competency models based on skills required to be successful
  • Create job descriptions, incorporating key competencies for success in the position
  • Self-assess to identify strengths, weaknesses and development opportunities
  • Communicate custom mapping (coding) internally
  • Determine rating scales including Voices® research scale