Self-Assessment Exercise




Self-Assessment Exercise

Source: Management by Stephen P. Robbins, 1984, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall


How Do You (Or Would You) Rate as a Manager?

The following questionnaire evaluates five dimensions of management: style, planning, information/communication, time management, and delegation. It was originally designed for individuals who have had management experience. If you haven’t, complete it anyway, refocusing the questions from “Do I . . . ?” to “Would I . . . ?”


Self-Assessment Exercise

For each question listed, rate yourself as follows: Definite strength: 10-9, Moderately effective: 8-7, Average performance: 6-5, Rarely effective: 4-3, Definite weakness: 2-1


PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS FROM 1 TO 10 AND WRITE AT LEAST TWO SENTENCES EXPLAINING WHY YOU ANSWERED WITH Definite strength: 10-9, Moderately effective: 8-7, Average performance: 6-5, Rarely effective: 4-3, Definite weakness: 2-1.

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  1. Management style
  2. Am I sensitive to the influence my actions have on my subordinates? 7








  1. Do I understand their reactions to my actions? 6








  1. Do I find an appropriate balance between encouragement and pressure? 7


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  1. Do I allow subordinates to express ideas and opinions?  









  1. Am I effective at motivating subordinates?  






  1. Am I able to resolve conflicts in a constructive way?  

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  1. Have I developed a spirit of teamwork among my subordinates?  






  1. Do I have a clear understanding of my role in the organization?  






  1. Am I tactful in disciplining an employee?  






  1. Do I have a personal plan for self-improvement?  

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  1. Planning
  2. Are the operations of my organization balanced so that the pace of change is neither too routine nor too disruptive?    






  1. Do I sufficiently analyze the impact of particular changes on the future of my organization?     









  1. Am I sufficiently well informed to pass judgment on the proposals that my employees make?     







  1. Do I schedule my meetings appropriately?     










  1. Are my meetings planned in advance?     
















  1. Do I have a clear vision of direction for my organization?    







  1. Are these plans in written form to guide me as well as others?    











  1. Do I make them explicit in order to better guide the decisions of others in the organization?    









  1. Are they flexible enough to be changed, if necessary, to meet the changing needs of the organization?    









  1. Does the day-to-day work in my organization run smoothly?    







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  1. Information/communication
  2. Do I have good sources of information and methods for obtaining information?     

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  1. Is my information organized so that it is easy to locate and use?    







  1. Do I have other people do some of my scanning for me?    






  1. Do I make good use of my contacts to get information?    








  1. Do I balance the collection of information with action?    










  1. Do my people have the information they need when they need it?    










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  1. Do I put it in writing so that my employees are not at an informational disadvantage?    












  1. Do I use interoffice communication media appropriately?    









  1. Do I make the most of meetings for which I am responsible?    










  1. Do I spend enough time visiting other areas in the office to observe firsthand the results accomplished?    










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  1. Time management
  • Do I have a time-scheduling system?






  1. Do I avoid reacting to the pressures of the moment?    





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  1. Do I avoid concentrating on one particular function or one type of problem just because I find it uninteresting?   










  • Do I schedule particular kinds of work at special times of the day or week to take advantage of my own energy/effectiveness levels?






  1. Am I in control of the amount of fragmentation and interruption of my work?   














  1. Do I balance current, tangible activities with time for reflection and planning?     









  1. Do key problems/priorities receive the attention they deserve?     






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  1. Do I make use of time-saving devices such as dictating machines and PCs?   







  1. Do I have my priorities clearly in mind most of the time?    










  1. Do I have the necessary information available to me at the right time to meet my deadlines?    







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  1. Delegation
  2. Do my employees understand our objectives and know what is to be clone, when, and by whom?  







  1. Do I know which of my responsibilities I must meet myself and which I can delegate?   









  1. Do I encourage initiative in the people I supervise?     







  1. Do I leave the final decision to my employees often enough?  






  1. Do I avoid doing my employees’ work?     



















  1. Do I show genuine interest in my employees’ work?     






  1. Am I confident that my subordinates can handle the work I give them?    



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  1. Do I give employees the guidance, training, and authority they need to make decisions independently?    










  1. Do I regularly assess the quality of my work and that of my employees?    









  1. Do I use delegation to help my employees gain new skills and grow in the organization?    











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