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How well do you know your people?

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The more you know about the people you lead, the better leader you’re apt to be. Take out a sheet of paper, and answer the following questions about each person who reports to you:
  1. I have extensive knowledge about this person’s past experience, skills and proven aptitudes.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  2. I have absolute confidence in this person’s honesty and reliability.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  3. I know just where he or she would like to advance in the organization.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  4. I have a plan for helping this person reach his or her full potential.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  5. I understand what frustrates this person and why.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  6. I know what kind of projects and responsibilities motivate this person.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  7. I know a good deal about this person’s nonwork life: family, hobbies, interests, etc.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  8. I can name the projects that are on this person’s plate at work today.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  9. I have a good idea about how my other key people feel about this person.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

  10. I feel certain this person knows what to do to win my approval and support.

    __ Definitely.
    __ Somewhat.
    __ I need to do more in this area.

One leader who took this quiz realized that she was playing favorites without realizing it.

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