This 5-minute quiz helps you find the tools you'll find most useful.
Now, use your scores in the following five areas to decide where to start building your skills. (Tip: Concentrate on the lowest-scoring areas!)
Whether or not you're in a formal leadership position, you need good leadership and management skills to make best use of the opportunities open to you. (After all, you can get much, much more done when you have the help of other people.) The good news is that you can learn how to lead and manage effectively!
Although there is some crossover between leadership and management, they are different skill sets. Find out what makes a great leader in our "What is Leadership?" article and video, and then discover the key skills needed to manage a team in our guide to Team Management Skills.
You'll also find it helpful to take our two self-tests: How Good Are Your Leadership Skills?, and How Good Are Your Management Skills? Plus, you'll need to know how to motivate people effectively and build a great team.
Problem solving and decision making are two areas where you'll need to excel to be successful. (Together with people skills, they're what make up "good judgment" and "wisdom.") Like leadership and management, these two areas are closely related.
The first step in solving problems is to identify and understand the cause of the problem. Tools such as Root Cause Analysis, the 5 Whys technique, and CATWOE are essential at this stage. There are also other great tools and techniques that you can use, depending on the type of problem you face - our How Good is Your Problem Solving? self-test helps you identify where you can improve.
Once you fully understand your problem, you can choose the best option – that is, make the best decision. However, this is harder than it sounds, so you'll need to arm yourself with a variety of decision making tools.
Start by assessing your skills with our decision making quiz. As part of this, you'll learn about the key stages in the decision making process, including deciding between options (where tools such as Grid Analysis and Paired Comparison Analysis are useful) and deciding whether to go ahead (where you need to use tools such as Impact Analysis, Risk Analysis, and Cost/Benefit Analysis).
The ability to communicate clearly is key to your success, whatever role you're in.
Active listening is another important communication skill. This is when you focus on the other person, and you listen carefully to what he or she is trying to say. Conflict resolution and negotiation are other areas that you'll need to work on to be a great communicator.
You can learn a whole lot more about communication in the Communication Skills area of this website.
Time management is one of the most important career skills areas. Not only does it help you to be more productive; you'll also be much less stressed!
It's also important that you avoid procrastination - this is when you put off tasks and activities that you should be focusing on right now.
When you know how to "lead yourself" and make good choices for your future, you'll be that much further ahead when it comes to learning other skills.
No matter how positive you feel now, it's also important to learn how to deal with negative thinking. From there, you can build your self confidence and self esteem, so that you can achieve goals that really matter.
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