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Leadership Skills Inventory

March 2, 2010
By: Kevin Spafford, Farm Journal Columnist
 
 
Leadership may be the single biggest gap in any succession plan. Today the opportunity and obligation to run the
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operation belongs to the controlling generation. Tomorrow it may be sons, daughters, managers and/or key employees in charge. How ready is each person to lead?
 
Use the inventory below to capture a current assessment of each potential leader's skills, strengths and areas for growth. The results should serve as the starting point for building a tailored development plan for each individual, and a strong leader for tomorrow.
 
For each statement, enter the appropriate number in the right hand column.
5 – Exceeds expected
4 – Expected
3 – Inconsistent
2 – Below expected
1 – Not acceptable
 
LEADERSHIP SKILLS – DOING THE RIGHT THINGS
 
____ 1. Creates and effectively communicates a clear vision.
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____ 2. Enlists a team to achieve business/operational goals.
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___ 3. Treats partners, employees, strategic alliances and third party vendors as integral team members.
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____ 4. Understands and effectively utilizes the principle of interdependence.
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____ 5. Reconciles the frustration born of complementary characteristics and builds a team with diverse sets of strengths, skills and abilities.
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____ 6. Creates a positive, constructive, results-oriented working environment.
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____ 7. Recognizes potential areas for conflict and uses good leadership to mitigate the negative impact.
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____ 8. Creates systems, focuses on people and generates results.
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____ 9. Knows, and reflects, that a leader's primary responsibility is creating other leaders.
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____ 10. Demonstrates good business etiquette and sound ethics.
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____ 11. Delegates with clear responsibility and accountability.
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____ 12. Accepts criticism and uses failure as learning opportunities.
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MANAGEMENT SKILLS – DOING THINGS RIGHT
____ 1. Effectively utilizes action plans to achieve organizational goals.
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____ 2. Selects team members based on their respective skills and abilities.
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___ 3. Performs all tasks, duties and responsibilities with an owner's resolve.
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____ 4. Is committed to continuing education, additional training and self-study.
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____ 5. Demonstrates excellent financial management
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____ 6. Focuses on constant improvement relative to business systems, personnel, market development, management skills, etc.
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____ 7. Utilizes technology to increase efficiency, improve effectiveness, and cut expenses.
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____ 8. Demonstrates clarity, patience and commitment to employee training, operational safety, and hazard avoidance.
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____ 9. Delegates effectively, encouraging others to embrace responsibility and accept accountability.
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____ 10. Effectively prioritizes, based on clear objectives and an intuitive risk/reward measure.
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____ 11. Understands personal relationships and operational politics using good communication and inclusion to enhance effectiveness
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____ 12. Uses a technique of good planning, thorough analysis, goal setting, budgeting, and record keeping.
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