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Self assessment questionnaire

For each of the 25 competences, assess how well you feel you perform in each of these areas, also the importance of each competence to your current job role, give a score from 1-5 for each question (1 is low, 5 is high). If you wish to keep a record of these results please print this section.

    • Individual Skills
    • Job importance
    • Competence
    • 1.
    • Business awareness

      Understands the business, its customers and markets, the way it works, its structure and culture.

    • 2.
    • Communication skills

      Conveys ideas and information clearly and in a manner appropriate to the audience.

    • 3.
    • Decision making

      Evaluates the implications of various options before deciding on a course of action and then showing commitment to and accountability for that decision.

    • 4.
    • Developing others

      Develops staff to their full potential, providing timely, constructive feedback on performance, setting challenging work assignments and objectives, and monitoring progress.

    • 5.
    • Financial awareness

      Understand the concepts of profit and loss, cash flow and managing budgets in order to use financial information effectively.

    • 6.
    • Human resource management

      Understands the impact of, and trends in, human resource management, and how they contribute to an organisation's performance management system.

    • 7.
    • Influencing

      Adapts behaviour and communication style with others to gain agreement and commitment to ideas and action.

    • 8.
    • Information technology

      Understands how to use new technology in business and its potential impact on the business.

    • 9.
    • Innovation and creativity

      Demonstrates an inquiring mind and encourages new ideas.

    • 10.
    • Leadership

      I take charge and adapt my own leadership style to suit the situation, to inspire, influence and motivate others to perform effectively.

    • 11.
    • Managing change

      Understands the need for and implications of change in the organisational context.

    • 12.
    • Managing cultural differences

      Appreciates that cultural differences exist and works to adapt behaviour in order to create effective outcomes.

    • 13.
    • Managing information

      Appreciates the importance and relevance of effective information management.

    • 14.
    • Managing others

      Leads, encourages and supports the work of others to achieve their objectives in the most effective way.

    • 15.
    • Managing uncertainty

      Is prepared to move away from familiar ways of thinking and working and deals with uncertain situations comfortably.

    • 16.
    • Marketing awareness

      Understands basic marketing principles in order to set up a system to tap into customer needs and market moves.

    • 17.
    • Performance management

      Ability to see how effective performance management contributes to the delivery of the organisation's strategy.

    • 18.
    • Personal effectiveness

      Demonstrates good time management by monitoring own performance against realistic targets and goals.

    • 19.
    • Political sensitivity

      Understands agendas and perspectives of others, recognise and balance needs of the group and broader organisation.

    • 20.
    • Problem solving

      Identifies issues, gathers all relevant information, interprets the facts and explores all possible solutions.

    • 21.
    • Process management

      Understand the principles of how a business operates, both on a day-to-day and a longer term basis with a view towards performance improvement.

    • 22.
    • Self development and learning

      Takes responsibility and control for own development and learning; plans for future direction.

    • 23.
    • Self management

      Demonstrates self-confidence and assertiveness in a variety of business situations.

    • 24.
    • Strategic awareness

      Takes a strategic view of the business environment, clearly understands business strategy.

    • 25.
    • Team working

      Works well in cross-functional groups with peers, subordinates and seniors; encourages participation and involvement by team members through being open and approachable.