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Inter-Personal Skills Assessment

Don Hofstrand Don Hofstrand                                                    Reviewed, February 2006
Co-director, Ag
Marketing Resource Center
Iowa State University Extension
dhof@iastate.edu

Inter-personal skills relate to your ability to work with others and are essential for the long-term success of your business. Firms that possess human resources with exceptional skills have a long-term focus and are more likely to use their skills to take advantage of emerging opportunities.

They help you focus on recognizing others’ individuality, communicating effectively, working as a team member, mediating differences, and listening to others. Use the 10 questions below to assess your inter-personal skills.

How would you rate your interpersonal skills?

 

Unsatisfactory

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Good

Exceptional

1. Exchange thoughts and ideas with others. This involves both the ability to receive and send information.

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2. Listen to others who may have a better method of accomplishing a task.

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3. Identify personality differences between individuals and use this information to develop unique working relationships.

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4. Assist a group of individuals to arrive at a mutually acceptable solution.

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5. Work with others to stimulate and promote personal and business growth.

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6. Work on a team and focus on the objectives of the team rather than use the team to satisfy your own personal agenda.

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7. Work on a team and fill whatever role is needed on the team whether it is leader or follower.

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8. Work with a group of individuals to identify common goals.

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9. Mediate conflicts between people and help them work together as a team.

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10. Negotiate favorable business agreements with suppliers, marketers and others.

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