Dan McCarthy of the Whittemore School of Business Economics shares some best practices for getting the most value from a 360-degree leadership assessment. In employee-owned businesses, an alignment of goals and priorities is vital and desired. The leadership should be interested in an assessment of their performance. Leadership in these companies may be unorthodoxly defined because it may include culture leadership and not only corporate leadership. What is a 360-degree assessment? It is a process in which employees receive confidential, anonymous feedback from the people who work around them. This typically includes the employee’s manager, peers and direct reports. It is an effective way to get feedback, often against a set of pre-defined leadership competencies.