Dimensions of the Infamous Assessment Centers

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  • Oral Communications - Ability to orally communicate, accurately and clearly, information, ideas, tasks, directives, conditions, and needs to groups or individuals, with or without time for preparation.
  • Written Communication - Ability to communicate in writing using proper grammar and syntax in an organized, accurate, and concise manner.
  • Problem Analysis - Ability to identify problems, secure relevant information from both oral and written sources, identify possible causes of problems, and analyze and interpret data in complex situations involving conflicting demands, needs, or priorities.
  • Judgment - Ability to evaluate courses of actions, develop alternative courses of action, and reach logical decisions based on the information at hand.
  • Organizational Sensitivity - Ability to perceive the impact of a decision on the rest of the organization, awareness of the impact of outside pressures on the organization, and awareness of changing societal conditions.
  • Planning and Organization - Ability to efficiently establish an appropriate course of action for self and/or others, to accomplish a specific goal, and make proper assignments of personnel and appropriate use of resources.There may be other dimensions used along with the above, again depending on how the assessment center is developed and by whom. These other dimensions may include:
  • Initiative - Desire to actively influence events rather than passively accepting them, self-starting, and takes action beyond what is necessarily called for.
  • Interpersonal Relations - Ability to perceive and react to the needs of others, paying attention to others' feelings ,and ideas, accepting what others have to say, and perceiving the impact of self on others.
  • Independence - Ability to act based on your own convictions rather than through a desire to please others.
  • Development of Subordinates - Ability to maximize human potential of subordinates through training and developmental activities.
  • Persuasiveness - Ability to organize and present material in a convincing manner to gain agreement or acceptance.
  • Delegation - Ability to use subordinates effectively and to understand where a decision can best be made.
  • Listening Skill - Ability to extract important information in oral communications and to convey the impression that one is interested in what others have to say.
  • Decisiveness - Readiness to make decisions, render judgments, take action, or commit one's self to a course of action.
  • Leadership - It is very difficult to describe this term but it involves a number of attributes, usually measured in management assessment centers, and has been described as autocratic, democratic, dynamic, inspirational, and telepathic. It is viewed both as passive and active. Leadership involves the ability to communicate; to be independent; to make decisions; to plan and organize the work of one's self and others; to analyze problems; to take risks; to be self-starting, flexible, and sensitive to others.
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