New Leadership Assessment Suite from Aon Hewitt Enables Global Organizations to Build a Robust Pipeline of Future Leaders

 New Leadership Assessment Suite from Aon Hewitt Enables Global Organizations
                 to Build a Robust Pipeline of Future Leaders

Comprehensive Suite of Global Solutions Includes Web-Based Simulation and
Computer Adaptive Tests Designed to Help Prepare High Potential Talent for
Leadership Roles

PR Newswire

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., April 11, 2013

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill., April 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Increased competition,
economic volatility and the complexities of global business today make strong
leadership a business imperative. To help companies identify and develop
strong leaders throughout all levels of the organization, Aon Hewitt, the
global human resources solutions business of Aon plc (NYSE: AON), today
announced the next generation of LEADeR®, its robust suite of assessment tools
that enable organizations to measure and assess managers' readiness for
leadership roles.


A recent Aon Hewitt leadership study found that mid- and senior-level leaders
are viewed as the most critical roles in organizations but are also the most
challenging to attract and retain. Companies are addressing this challenge by
increasingly relying on assessment and development programs to build strong
and agile leadership pipelines. Aon Hewitt's Top Companies for Leaders study
reveals that 100 percent of Top Companies have formal strategies for assessing
and developing leaders and identifying high potential talent. Companies also
are reaching deeper into their organization to identify future leaders.
Ninety-two percent of Top Companies identify high potentials in first level
management roles and 56 percent formally assess potential in entry level

"The speed and complexity of business around the world has dramatically
increased demand for high potential leaders. However, with an increasingly
mobile and global workforce, many organizations struggle with finding the
right tools to help them build a robust pipeline of future leaders," said
Veronica Harvey, a partner in Aon Hewitt's Performance, Reward and Talent
practice. "Our fully updated LEADeR® solution offers a menu of first-in-class
assessment options to help an organization identify highly talented
individuals and accelerate the development of high-potential leaders who can
drive the organization's  long-term strategy and position it for future

The newest version of LEADeR® includes a web-based, day-in-the-life simulation
that puts employees through challenges and interactions that enable them to
experience—in real time—the situations they may face in the leadership roles
for which they are being prepared. The suite of tools offered in Aon Hewitt's
next generation LEADeR® solution includes computer adaptive logic and
personality tests, live and digital interviewing, writing assessments and
multi-rater surveys. Unlike other leadership assessment solutions, LEADeR® is
fully modular, allowing organizations to choose the competencies they want to
measure, the assessment tools they want to include and the specific components
they want in their resulting assessment reports. To address an increasingly
global and mobile workforce, assessments can be conducted from anywhere and at
any time, including mobile devices and iPads. They can also be provided in
multiple languages.

"Effective leadership is the backbone of our global economy," said Lorraine
Stomski, head of Aon Hewitt's Leadership practice. "Innovation, engagement,
productivity and financial success all hinge on the availability and strength
of leaders. LEADeR® provides a state-of-the-art way for organizations to
control the future by more effectively managing their leadership pipelines."

About Aon Hewitt
Aon Hewitt is the global leader in human resource solutions. The company
partners with organizations to solve their most complex benefits, talent and
related financial challenges, and improve business performance. Aon Hewitt
designs, implements, communicates and administers a wide range of human
capital, retirement, investment management, health care, compensation and
talent management strategies. With more than 29,000 professionals in 90
countries, Aon Hewitt makes the world a better place to work for clients and
their employees. For more information on Aon Hewitt, please visit

About Aon
Aon plc (NYSE: AON) is the leading global provider of risk management,
insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and
outsourcing services. Through its more than 65,000 colleagues worldwide, Aon
unites to empower results for clients in over 120 countries via innovative and
effective risk and people solutions and through industry-leading global
resources and technical expertise. Aon has been named repeatedly as the
world's best broker, best insurance intermediary, reinsurance intermediary,
captives manager and best employee benefits consulting firm by multiple
industry sources. Visit for more information on Aon and to learn about Aon's global partnership and shirt
sponsorship with Manchester United.

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