competency testing

Competency Assessment Test for Leaders

A competency assessment test for leaders is often used to check an employee’s or candidate’s ability to lead others or projects prior to hiring or promoting him. Because coping with today’s business environment calls for the ability of people to tackle complex tasks at an accelerating pace, people need a range of competencies to face the complex challenges of today’s world. Assessing manager and leader competencies is the preferred method to hire, promote, and develop employees because it represents a whole-person approach.

competenciesTo hire, develop, and promote effective managers and leaders, you must first identify the management and leadership competencies that make them successful. Using a competency assessment test for leaders, you can find out ahead of time whether or not your candidate has those skills or the potential to develop them. 

What is a competency? Click here.

A management skill assessment test can help you avoid the cost and aggravation of promoting someone who isn’t up to the task. But these same assessments can be used for much more than just pre-hire screening.

If your managers aren’t keeping their skills up to date, your business will suffer. Using an online competency based management test, you can quickly and accurately assess the leadership skills and potential of your existing managers. An online test can be used to test everything from basic interpersonal skills to advanced leadership abilities. With a competency test designed to assess leadership and management skills, you can identify a manager’s strengths and weaknesses, helping you (and them) make better decisions about which projects they should be in charge of.

Success Performance Solutions are experts in  competency assessment tests for Identifying High Potential Leaders, Leadership Development, and Leadership Succession.  Click on any of the links below to read more about our wide choice of  personality, ability, and competency assessment for leadership that work for any size business in every industry.

PeopleClues for Leadership

eSkill Leadership Skill Tests

ASSESS Competency Assessment Test  for leaders

Emotional Intelligence Profile (call!)

Leadership Effectiveness Profile

Assess 360 Multi-rater Feedback

CriteriaOne DISC- Behavioral Leadership Style

Creatrix Inventory – Innovative Orientation (call!)


What is a competency?  The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) defines a competency as “a measurable pattern of knowledge, skills, abilities, behaviors, and other characteristics that an individual needs to perform work roles or occupational functions successfully.”  Success Performance Solutions management assessment tests for managers include, leadership competence and potential, management style, personality traits, motivation, aptitude, and general mental abilities.

Competencies, often called emotional intelligence, are often called “soft skills.” But “soft” leadership skills are anything but soft.  McKinsey Quarterly recently featured a series of articles on leadership development. McKinsey stated that “…senior executives overlook the “softer” skills their leaders will need to pass changes throughout the organization and make them stick.” In other words, leaders selected for their strategic and working prowess will fail when they can’t get others to respond. Without a strong, emotionally intelligent leader, personal and professional failure is much more likely to occur than is accomplishment.