I’m my own worst critic. I beat myself up more than anyone else ever could. On self-assessments, this is easy to see; I’m the one giving myself C’s when my bosses are giving me A’s. Is it a lack of self-confidence? Or do I not understand the questions?
Recently, it became a requirement in the Army for officers to complete a Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback module before an evaluation. (You need to be in the Army with an AKO e-mail and CAC capabilities to complete the module.) Within the MSAF, you do a self-assessment of your performance based on different categories, then ask a required number of Superiors, Peers, and Subordinates to complete the same assessment of you. The categories are:
- Prepare Self to Lead
- Overall Leadership
- Lead Others
- Lead by Example
- Get Results
- Extend Influence Beyond Chain of Command
- Develops Leaders
- Create a Positive Environment
After everyone has completed the assessment, your results are compiled, and you are able to see how your self-assessment compares to the assessment of others. This is an incredibly valuable tool for leaders, whether you plan to stay in the Army or not. This information will help you with your career for life.