Competency Assessment Test for LeadersPre-Hire. Development. Succession Planning 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’ leadership competency assessment tests include testing for leadership skills, 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.
Leadership Is Not A Job Title. It’s Not A Position.
It’s a Competency That Directs the Behavior of People.
Leadership come in all shapes and forms. Senior executives are expected to be leaders. But so are managers and supervisors. Some people are natural-born leaders. Some aren’t. Assigning a job title doesn’t infer good leadership skills. And different roles require proficiency in different leadership competencies.
Whether you’re looking to identify your next generation of future leaders, develop current managers, or implement your leadership succession plan, Success Performance Solutions are experts in competency assessment tests for leaders and managers.
Why use a leadership competency test?
Selecting and developing your next leaders, managers, and supervisors is serious business … and expensive in so many ways when make a mistake. Unfortunately many companies continue to select their leaders based on personality traits or behavior style (DISC) alone. But that’s not how leadership unfolds. Effective leadership requires skills and abilities, not just a few personality traits.
A competency assessment test for leaders is used to check an employee’s or candidate’s ability to lead others or manage projects prior to hiring or promoting him. Using competencies to select and develop employees in leadership roles removes the unconscious bias associated with personality tests and allows management to focus their attention on skills and abilities required to set the vision and lead others.
Leadership is described by a single skill set. Leadership requires the ability to create a positive culture, manage a team, motivate and coach employees, organize projects, establish a focus on customer service and quality to just name a few. Competent leaders own multiple skills and abilities, the importance and priority of each depends on company strategy, goals, and culture. Consequently, one size does not fit all. Competencies for senior leaders vs mid-managers vs supervisors varies. And because coping with today’s business environment calls for the ability to tackle complex tasks at an accelerating pace, people need a range of critical skill competencies to face the shifting challenges of today’s world.
That’s why Success Performance Solutions offers standard executive, manager and supervisor competency models along with a comprehensive library from which a company can build its own or customize to its existing competency model.
Use our standard competency models or build-your-own.
Our Strategic Success Competency Library
Assess as many competencies as you want for the same fee!
Success Performance Solutions recommends building leadership, management, and other key role competency models from our library of 38 core competencies. (If you’ve already created company competencies, no worries – we can likely map our competencies to yours or customize our library to fit your needs.)
Our competency library is grouped into 3 work-related areas: Thinking, Working, and Relating. The list of competencies included in our library are as follows:
- In-Depth Problem Solving
- Decisive Judgment
- Championing Change
- Adapting to Change
- Courage of Convictions
- Business Acumen
- Functional Acumen
- Planning and Organizing
- Driving for Results
- Delivering Results
- Quality Focus
- Continuous Improvement
- Policies, Processes, and Procedures
- Customer Focus
- Customer Service
- Continuous Learning
- Teamwork and Collaboration
- Influencing and Persuading
- Persuading to Buy
- Managing Others
- Team Leadership
- Coaching and Developing Others
- Motivating Others
- Organizational Savvy
- Relationship Management
- Conflict Management
- Interpersonal Communication
- Written Communication
- Presentation Skills
- Meeting Leadership
- Meeting Contribution
- Respecting Diversity
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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT TESTS TOO!
If your managers aren’t keeping their skills up to date, your business will suffer. Using an online leadership competency based management test, you can quickly and accurately assess the leadership skills and potential of your existing managers. An online management assessment 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. Using leadership skills assessments from Success Performance Solutions can help you choose your next company leaders.