In a story
Ivan is a hard-working specialist, he is respected and people seek his advice. His superior is nearing the retirement age and the Company is considering finding and grooming a replacement in the New Talents Project. The superior recommended Ivan as his potential successor.
Ivan participated at a Development Centre aimed at identifying his strengths and development areas as a future manager. The DC included model situations, e.g.giving task to a subordinate or solving a real problem with a team. After each model situation he was told how others felt about his behaviour, what works and what to avoid. He also made several case studies, psychodiagnostic tests and had to solve a task with his peers.
A week later he received detailed feedback from the psychologist who ran the Development Centre. They covered all the model situations again plus results of the tests and Ivan had a number of questions.
This experience convinced Ivan he can lead people and gave him an idea what he needs to work on. The DC output, individual education plan, will help him improve the skills he needs.