We are very excited that our joint paper with assessment tools partner HUCAMA will be presented at this year’s European Association of Work and Organisational Psychology (EAWOP) Congress, which takes place in Poland on 26 May 2023. The focus of this year’s event (“The Future is Now: the changing world of work”) is on how the last two years have ‘changed our lives, our work and the ways we think about ourselves and the world in which we live.’    EAWOP 2023 conference logo 

As part of a symposium entitled ‘The Great 8 Success Factors in the World of Work: Past, Present and Future’ (hosted by HUCAMA), Michele Guarani of HUCAMA will be presenting our joint paper on the success factors underpinning the Primary Colours® of Leadership’, co-written by Ben Vernazza and Michele Guarini. Rab McIver of Saville Assessment, and Stewart Desson and Nikhita Mikahilov of Lumina Learning will also be speaking as part of this symposium. The symposium is concerned with:    

  • the origin of the Great 8 Competencies model;  
  • contemporary applications of the model;  
  • the model’s redevelopment into ‘success factors’ for the future.     

The goal of the research presented in this joint paper was to examine how a new model of success factors derived from the Great 8 Competencies (Kurz & Bartram, 2002) relates to Edgecumbe’s Primary Colours® Leadership Model, originally published by Pendleton & Furnham (2012). The session will focus on the development and validation of a mapping of HUCAMA Factors to our well-established proprietary model of leadership. It provides an alternative to the corporate leadership model originally developed with the Great 8.  

The results (based on a sample of 113 professionals and managers) who completed the HUCAMA Personality Factors and Competency Factors assessments, suggest outstanding levels of observed validity at the leadership sub-function, leadership function, leadership domain and overall leadership focus levels. The broad study sample base suggests universal applicability not just for existing leaders but also for the identification of leadership potential. The study opens new opportunities for the application of the Primary Colours® Model of Leadership across the employee life cycle from recruitment and selection to development interventions.  

In addition to the symposium, HUCAMA will be running a one-day workshop on HUCAMA Factors aimed at experienced users of psychometric tests. The EAWOP Congress promises to be an exciting and informative event, and a great opportunity to bring some of the world’s leading work and organisational psychologist together to share their thoughts and expertise. 

Clearly, not everyone from the work of organisational psychology can be at the congress in Poland, so we will be sharing further updates about the event and our paper soon.