Improving Your Management Skills 6/12: Improve Your Self-Assessment

A manager relies heavily on self-assessment. They provide useful insight into the employees’ perception of themselves and their role in the company. But a manager needs to be able to self-assess too. It’s a great chance to pause, take stock of your skills, reflect on your career goals, and make a plan to improve upon your weaknesses. But that’s easier said than done—a self-assessment is no easy task. It’s hard to open up and be completely honest. But if you’re not honest, it’s hard to expect your employees to do the same. Here’s how you can improve your ability to self-assess.

Be proud of yourself

It’s a lot easier to own up to all your strengths, weaknesses, failures, and accomplishments if you have the mindset that no matter what, you’ll be proud of yourself. Think back to when your career started off and reflect for a moment on how far you’ve come. Surely you have a lot to be proud of. Focus on your accomplishments and take note of how they’ve had a major impact on your company. Certainly, you have a pretty significant role in the day-to-day functioning of your organization and its long-term goals.

Be brutally honest

Your achievements are exciting, but it’s important to recognize your own flaws, too. This is your chance to learn and grow. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Once you identify a failure or a weakness, label it as an area for improvement going forward.

Aim for growth

No matter where your career stands right now, prioritize your professional growth and commit to always learning more. A willingness to improve and take on new challenges is really appealing to most managers, so set the tone for your workplace. Your employees will follow your example.

Keep track of your accomplishments

Just so you’re prepared for the future and subsequent performance evaluations, document your accomplishments, complete with data and numbers and statistics to really back up your claims. You shouldn’t be vague about your achievements, you should be able to outline exactly what they were.

Be professional

Remember that any feedback you provide to your managers should be constructive and any praise should also be pretty unemotional and professional. Use appropriate wording and take the time to check spelling and grammar. Show your managers how seriously you take the process and how important it is to you.

Write the self-assessment

List your strengths, then weaknesses, then the core values that motivate you and help you strive for, then your accomplishments. And finally, list your goals for the future, any kind of plan you’re outlined for improvement, and any feedback you have for your manager. Remember that, as a manager, you’ll be receiving the same kind of constructive feedback.

If you can improve your self-assessment skills and abilities, you’ll be better able to evaluate those of your employees. For more tips on improving your management skills, contact our team today.

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