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360 Degree Feedback to Measure the Most Important Leadership Competencies

DecisionWise 360 degree feedback surveys measure a series of research-based leadership competencies and behaviors. These competencies have been developed based on over 20 years of experience working with leaders and organizations around the world.

Each competency includes about four behavior descriptors that are both observable and actionable. It is important that the behavior be observable by the participant’s boss, peers, and direct reports to show comparisons between the groups. The items must also be actionable so that a participant can easily understand what to do to change in order to improve.

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DecisionWise 360 Surveys include the following 13 competencies:

  1. Business Acumen
  2. Decision Making
  3. Planning & Organization
  4. Integrity & Trust
  5. Innovation & Creativity
  6. Results Orientation
  7. Customer Focus
  8. Managing Change
  9. Communication
  10. Teamwork & Collaboration
  11. Leading Others
  12. Performance Management
  13. Employee Engagement

What is a 360 degree feedback survey question?

The questions on a 360 degree feedback survey are really statements that describe specific leadership behaviors. Sometimes they are called behavior statements, behavior descriptors, or survey items. DecisionWise 360 feedback questions are designed to measure specific behaviors that can be easily observed by a leader’s boss, peers, and direct reports.
Multiple questions are used to gather feedback on an overall leadership competency, such as Communication. The scores from 360 feedback questions roll up to provide an overall leadership competency score.

Actionable 360 degree feedback questions

DecisionWise 360 degree feedback questions are designed to be actionable, meaning an individual can take action based on the survey results. For example, if a leader receives a low score on the question “Creates a sense of accountability for results within his/her team,” he or she can make changes to increase accountability.

360 Degree Feedback Example Questions

Here are some examples of 360 degree feedback questions that provide actionable feedback to leaders:

Business Acumen
1. Stays current with the latest trends and advances in his/her industry or field.
2. Demonstrates a clear understanding of the factors that impact our success as a business.
3. Is respected as a talented and knowledgeable person in his/her area of responsibility.
4. Sets clear direction that aligns his/her team with the organization’s strategy.

Decision Making
5. Makes decisions that reflect a clear understanding of what we do.
6. Considers multiple sources of information when making important decisions.
7. Makes decisions in a timely manner.
8. Demonstrates good judgment and common sense when making decisions.

Planning & Organization
9. Creates short-term goals that fit within the long-term strategy of the organization.
10. Breaks down larger projects into manageable tasks.
11. Uses his/her time effectively.
12. Keeps people focused on the organization’s key initiatives and priorities.

Integrity & Trust 
13. Is honest, ethical, and trustworthy.
14. Can be counted on to follow through with his/her promises.
15. Takes responsibility for his/her own actions.
16. Sets a good example of the behavior he/she asks for.

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