Are you a manager or a leader?

You are about to complete a self assessment questionnaire about your management and leadership skills. Imagine that a trusted colleague has been following you around at work for a few weeks to observe your behaviour. How often would this trusted colleague see you demonstrating the skills listed on the questionnaire? If they’d never see you using this skill, you score 0. Rarely scores 1, every now and then scores 2, often is a 3 and very frequently or all the time gets you a maximum of 4. Please complete the questionnaire now, as far as possible how you think this trusted colleague would.

0 – Never
1 – Rarely
2 – Every now and then
3 – Often
4 – Very frequently or all the time

 

1. Ensures each team member has clear, realistic targets to work towards.

 
 

2. Sets an appropriate balance of short, medium and long term targets and goals for team members

 
 

3. Ensures each team member is fully in agreement with and committed to achieving their targets.

 
 

4. Makes appropriate allowances for team members' level of development and circumstances when setting targets.

 
 

5. Ensures every individual team member contributes towards the achievement of the team's targets

 
 

6. Sets developmental targets as well as directly work related targets

 
 

7. Has a clear and accurate idea of how every team member is progressing

 
 

8. Regularly meets individual team members to review progress

 
 

9. Gives team members regular feedback on performance

 
 

10. Gives frequent praise and recognition to team members

 
 

11. Gives negative feedback assertively and sensitively

 
 

12. Tackles underperformance whenever it occurs

 
 

13. Knows team members well enough to know what will motivate them

 
 

14. Asks team members for feedback, as well as giving it

 
 

15. Is an excellent listener

 
 

16. Has a development plan for each team member

 
 

17. Encourages team members to take part in a wide range of training and development activities

 
 

18. Talks to team members before and after attending training and development events to maximise the learning.

 
 

19. Communicates a clear vision/big goal/sense of purpose for the team/organisation.

 
 

20. Tells stories and anecdotes which relate to the vision/ big goal/sense of purpose.

 
 

21. Shares information about progress towards the vision/big goal/sense of purpose.

 
 

22. Talks about what things will be like in the business in 1, 2, 3, 5 or 10 years time.

 
 

23. Talks about customers and other key stakeholders

 
 

24. Talks about current and possible competition

 
 

25. Walks the talk - practices what he/she preaches.

 
 

26. Appears to others to be totally trustworthy.

 
 

27. Inspires and motivate others

 
 

28. Communicates well with people one to one

 
 

29. Communicates well with small and large groups

 
 

30. Communicates a sense of passion and excitement.

 
 

31. Challenges existing ways of doing things.

 
 

32. Encourages team members to come up with innovative ideas.

 
 

33. Makes specific suggestions for improving the way the business is run.

 
 

34. Creates opportunities for team members to experiment and try things differently

 
 

35. Solves day to day problems in a creative and innovative way

 
 

36. Creates a sense of urgency that things need to be better.