Self-Assess Your Soft Skills

Soft Skills Assessment

As a manager, having a strong understanding of various soft skills is necessary to lead your team. Doing a little self-assessment can help illuminate areas where improving your skills can greatly improve the performance of your team, along with your own personal success. It’ll also show you which soft skills you’re strong in, so you can better understand how to teach those positive behaviors to others.

While reading through the statements in this assessment, make sure to look at it objectively – thinking about how you truly think and act, rather than how you would like to. After completing the assessment and seeing your own results, make sure to download the workbook to assess your team’s soft skills as well!

I'm able to communicate why changes are happening so that others get on board with those changes.
I'm able to connect with people easily – they listen to what I have to say.
I look for multiple perspectives when determining what caused a problem.
When approaching a problem, I ask "What else could be the problem?" to help identify the root cause.
When making changes to something, I come up with well-reasoned explanations to address others' concerns.
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I calm myself down before responding to an emotional situation.
I put time into doing the things that are most valuable to me.
When I come up with a solution to a problem, I think through any new problems that solution could create before implementing it.
I hit deadlines and keep my commitments.
I plan ahead so I know what I'll be working on the next day.
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I define the importance and the urgency of tasks in order to prioritize them.
My colleagues and managers see me follow through on my word.
I create positive outcomes from accepting my emotions.
I take time to analyze why I feel the way I do about different situations.
I create goals for personal and professional growth.
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Before making decisions, I think through both expected and unexpected outcomes.
I use my past experiences to help me in new and unfamiliar situations.
The goals I set have clear expectations and standards for how to achieve them.
If someone starts speaking to me while I'm working on something, I pause what I'm doing and give that person my full attention.
I find ways to compromise so everyone involved in a conflict is satisfied with the solution.
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When making a decision, I seek others' perspectives to view it from multiple angles.
When I tell others about changes, I ask what they think.
I internally recognize and accept my emotions as they come.
To keep myself accountable, I share my goals with others.
When I'm involved in a conflict, it's resolved quickly and fairly.
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When I'm struggling with a problem, I ask others for help.
After I set a goal, I create a plan with milestones to show my progress toward the goal.
I repeat points back during a conversation to ensure I understand what the other person is saying.
I offer to help colleagues with their work when they need it.
After someone speaks to me, I think of open-ended questions to ask them.
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I look for more efficient ways to do things.
I can make sense out of ambiguous and complex problems.
I seek out feedback and constructive criticism.
When creating goals, I look at the goals of others in my organization or family to see how they align.
I follow up on my solutions to problems to see if the effects were positive.
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I'm comfortable with adapting to new situations.
When arguments become heated, I quickly de-escalate myself and others.
I try to understand widely diverse perspectives, ideas, and experiences.
I balance logic and emotion to explain my viewpoints to others.
I research information to help support my case when proposing an idea or solution.
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I allow myself to feel emotions fully, rather than suppressing them.
I objectively weigh the costs and benefits of each possible solution when making a decision.
I don't ignore difficult conversations.
I keep myself from jumping into a conversation while others are speaking.
I'm curious about what else I can learn.
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When conversing with someone, I can accurately read their body language.
I anticipate and plan for problems that could occur when going through major changes.
When others are debating something, I can understand the viewpoints of all sides, whether or not I agree with them.
I don't let the impulse of the moment make decisions for me.
When faced with making a decision, I see both the logic and the emotions involved.
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