Leadership communication skills assessment
Communication is the single most important skill for success.
Without great – or at least good – communication, none of the other skills necessary for leadership can come to fruition. Strategic thinking, tactical planning, management, customer relations – anything you can think of as a quality or skill of a great leader ultimately requires them to be great communicators as well.
This brief assessment touches on some of the most important components of great communication within organizations.
For each of the nine questions, choose the answer that most closely represents the action, thought, or decision you’d normally make in each situation. There may be questions where you’ll wish you could select more than one answer; choose the one most closely aligned with your personal way of doing things.
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Ouch. It’s not fun to score low, is it?
But here’s the thing: no one teaches us this communication stuff.
Even top-flight MBA programs from internationally-renowned business schools focus primarily on finance, marketing, and strategy. And when communication is addressed, it’s almost always an elective on public speaking, presentations, and negotiation. Those topics are important, yet it’s clear there’s much more required if we want to be a great communicator on a day-to-day basis!
Fortunately, we can all learn to be better communicators – better at having what I call real conversations.
Whatever your goal in business and life, and whatever score you might achieve on an assessment such as this, there’s always room for improvement. So take the next step and sign up to get the full assessment report, with a detailed analysis of each question and the answers.
Or if you have questions and want to learn more right away, put yourself on my calendar – click the link to sign up for a discovery session in which we’ll explore where you are, and see where you might go. No obligation; just an initial conversation.
Like many people, you’ve got some aspects of communication nailed … but not all!
Did you expect to score higher? Don’t feel bad. I often remind clients and students that even top-flight MBA programs seldom teach communication skills at this level. Instead, they offer communication electives focusing on public speaking, presentations, and negotiation.
Those are, of course, important. But more important for success are the day-to-day communication skills that build trust, help foster creativity and innovation, and develop individuals and teams into top performers.
Whatever your goal in business and life, and whatever score you might achieve on an assessment such as this, there’s always room for improvement.
So take the next step: sign up for the extended assessment report, with a detailed analysis of each question and their answers.
Or if you have questions and want to learn more right away, put yourself on my calendar – sign up for a discovery session in which we’ll explore where you are, and see where you might go. No obligation; just an initial conversation.
Your team members, management, and even your friends and family probably come to you with questions about how to navigate through difficult conversations or approach sensitive subjects. And while you may not enjoy conflict (few do) or feel gleeful about tough negotiations, you’re skilled enough to get what you want most of the time.
And I’ll say congratulations once again, because you’ve probably done most of your learning on your own. Even top-flight MBA programs don’t offer much more than a roster of public speaking, presentations, and negotiation.
And yet, the day-to-day skills of communication are what build trust, create exceptional teams, and foster individual success.
And as you probably know … this is just the tip of the iceberg!
To learn more, sign up for the extended assessment report, which includes a detailed analysis of each question and their answers. Even if you scored a perfect 45, there’s always more to learn and opportunities for growth.
And if you’d like to talk – maybe even tell me how you disagree with some of the question rankings (if you do!) – by all means put yourself on my calendar – just click that link to open my online calendar. No obligation; just a conversation!
1. When telling employees about a significant upcoming change (strategic direction, a big new project or client acquisition, a reorganization, a major milestone, changes in senior leadership, etc.), it’s best to:
2. To give positive feedback, you:
3. To give corrective feedback on a serious issue (a poor decision or a significant mistake – we’re talking more than typos in an email here!), you:
4. Your department is in the middle of a big, exciting project, and one of your team asks about the long-term goals and expectations. You:
5. You’re frustrated by a disconnect with a colleague – it seems like you’re constantly at odds with each other. In trying to resolve it, you:
6. To be effective in a negotiation, you:
7. When an employee gets emotional (upset, angry, etc.), you generally:
8. When you need to make a significant decision – or when you’re coaching an employee through the process – you typically:
9. The relationship between communication, strategy, and culture is: