Republished and updated from 2010
Decoding the Harrison Assessment Results
Do you have what it takes to be a successful manager? According to the Harrison Assessment, here are a few traits on what it takes to be a successful Manager:
1. Takes initiative
According to the Harrison Assessment profile for management roles, one of the most essential trait is your level of initiative, your ability and willingness to make the first move. This single trait is heavily influential to your suitability score, the higher your score on this trait, the higher your overall suitability score. Being as such, this trait should be scored in the 90’s.
High initiative score, you have enough confidence in your abilities to lead and provide opportunities to your team and guidelines that aligns with expectations and goals.
Low Initiative score, lack of tendency to take the lead. The lack of expectations and guidelines set may leave your staff feeling confused, disorganized and unmotivated.
2. Meets Challenges
Another essential trait is your willingness to accept and meet challenges.
High “wants challenge” score means you are highly motivated by projects that push your boundaries; the strong need for challenging work will have extremely positive impact on your performance but conversely, you may be more likely to leave an employer if there is a lack of challenging work offered.
Low “wants challenge” score can be due to many external and internal factors, you may no longer find your work motivating or, your lack of confidence in your abilities to successfully meet the challenges due to a previous performance speed bump.
3. Willingness to be Authoritative
A third essential manager trait in Harrison Assessment is authoritative, defined as your readiness to accept decision making responsibilities. This does not mean autocracy, in which it is your way or the highway but, your confidence in your capabilities that enables you to lead, delegate responsibilities and, be accountable for your decisions.
High Authoritative score means you are comfortable making decisions. From a development perspective you will also need a relatively high score on your collaborative trait, being open to suggestions.
Low authoritative score, your indecision and inability to delegate will result poorly on your team’s performance and morale.
Helpful Tips on Taking Your Harrison Assessment Test
- Absolutely no interruptions, your lack of focus will produce less than reliable results
- Contrary to popular belief, mood has little affect on the results of your assessment.
- Do not try to skew your results by second-guessing or aligning your responses to what you think it should be. It will confuse you and your results will reflect that.
Understanding Your Harrison Assessment Results
For those who will have completed our Free preview of the Harrison Assessment Test, here are a few explanations to help you understand your results. If you would like more information on your report, we would be pleased to respond to your questions.
Suitability Score - the level of suitability that relates to the behavioral and characteristic traits to succeed in the position
Essential Traits – Core traits that are a necessity listed in order of importance and have a heavy impact on your suitability score.
Desirable Traits – These traits only require a moderate score. It has less impact on your score than your essential traits.
Traits to Avoid: These are the traits you want to avoid, as these are likely to interfere with performance.
Consistency Score – Indicates the reliability of your results, whether you were truthful, self-aware and able to concentrate during the assessment. If you are new to the labor force and, still trying to find your way your consistency score tends to be lower.