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.