Lectical Leadership Decision-Making Assessment

The LDMA is focused on a set of skills for leading in VUCA conditions (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity). The specific skills targeted in the LDMA fall into four categories—collaborative capacity, perspective coordination, contextual thinking, and decision-making process.LDMA reports, like all Lectical Assessment reports, include rich feedback and customized learning suggestions—none of which involve memorizing.

Leader Development

From the C-suite to the production floor, the LDMA is a valuable tool for supporting and monitoring the growth of individual leaders—or every leader in your organization.


The LDMA is an essential part of any recruitment toolkit. It measures key leader capacities that are not captured by conventional assessments—and it's backed by a powerful and well-validated assessment technology.

Program evaluation

Are your expensive and time-consuming leader development programs effective? The LDMA doesn't measure how much leaders like a program. It measures how much key leadership skills have developed.

About Leadership decision making

Making and delegating decisions is a huge part of what leaders do. In fact, good leadership is impossible without skilled decision-making. Today’s leaders require skills for:

  • anticipating, diagnosing, and addressing complex issues that involve multiple stakeholders;
  • seeking and leveraging the knowledge and skills of stakeholders;
  • navigating the tensions and ambiguities of a rapidly changing environment.

Great decision-making is most likely to happen when leaders grasp the full complexity of a situation and think about it clearly enough to communicate their understanding effectively. But understanding a situation and communicating effectively about it isn’t enough by itself. Great decision-makers rely on several additional skills, including skills for considering and coordinating perspectives, considering context, working closely with others, and designing effective decision-making processes. We call these VUCA skills.

LDMA Report Tour

Selected funders

IES (US Department of Education)

The Spencer Foundation


Dr. Sharon Solloway

The Simpson Foundation

The Leopold Foundation

Donor list

Selected clients

Glastonbury School District, CT

The Ross School

Rainbow Community School

The Study School

Long Trail School

The US Naval Academy

The City of Edmonton, Alberta

The US Federal Government

Advisory Board

Antonio Battro, MD, Ph.D., One Laptop Per Child

Marc Schwartz, Ph.D. and former high school teacher, University of Texas at Arlington

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Ed.D., University of Southern California

Willis Overton, Ph.D., Temple University, Emeritus