Competency Assessment Test for Leaders

Pre-Hire. Development. Succession Planning

Whether you’re looking to identify high potential leaders, develop up and coming 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 often used to check an employee’s or candidate’s ability to lead others or projects prior to hiring or promoting him. Using competencies to select and develop removes the unconscious bias associated with personality tests and allows management to focus their attention on skills and abilities required to lead others.

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. Examples of leadership competencies are managing others, leading others, coaching others, motivating others, and relationship management. 

Assessing manager and leader competencies with leadership skills tests is the preferred method to hire, promote, and develop employees because it represents a whole-person approach.

Our Strategic Success Competency Library

Use our standard competency models or build-your-own. You can choose as many 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:


  • Visioning
  • Innovation
  • 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
  • Safety
  • Customer Focus
  • Customer Service
  • Integrity
  • Resilience
  • 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
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict Management
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Written Communication
  • Presentation Skills
  • Meeting Leadership
  • Meeting Contribution
  • Respecting Diversity

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 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.

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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 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.

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